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Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz

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Stanley Crouch-MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Book Award nominee, and perennial bull in the china shop of black intelligentsia-has been writing about jazz and jazz artists for more than thirty years. His reputation for controversy is exceeded only by a universal respect for his intellect and passion. As Gary Giddons notes: “Stanley may be the only jazz writer out there with the kind of rhinoceros hide necessary to provoke and outrage and then withstand the ...

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Overview

Stanley Crouch-MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Book Award nominee, and perennial bull in the china shop of black intelligentsia-has been writing about jazz and jazz artists for more than thirty years. His reputation for controversy is exceeded only by a universal respect for his intellect and passion. As Gary Giddons notes: “Stanley may be the only jazz writer out there with the kind of rhinoceros hide necessary to provoke and outrage and then withstand the fulminations that come back.” In Considering Genius, Crouch collects some of his best loved, most influential, and most controversial pieces (published in Jazz Times, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, and elsewhere), together with two new essays. The pieces range from the introspective “Jazz Criticism and Its Effect on the Art Form” to a rollicking debate with Amiri Baraka, to vivid, intimate portraits of the legendary performers Crouch has known.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465015122
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,341,990
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Crouch is a columnist, novelist, essayist, and television commentator. He has served since 1987 as an artistic consultant at Lincoln Center and is a co-founder of the department known as Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is the author of Notes of a Hanging Judge and The Artificial White Man, among other titles. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : jazz me blues 1
1 Miles Davis in the fever of spring, 1961 40
2 Bird land : Charlie Parker, Clint Eastwood, and America 66
3 Papa dip : Crescent City conquistador and sacrificial hero Louis Armstrong 77
4 Not so dizzy 83
5 At the five spot Thelonious Monk 86
6 Ahmad Jamal 95
7 Himself when he was real : the art of Charles Mingus 100
8 Blues for the space age Ornette Coleman 108
9 Titan of the blues John Coltrane 111
10 Andrew Hill's alternative avant-garde 116
11 Rooster Ben : king of romance Ben Webster 120
12 The last of the great bandleaders Sun Ra 125
13 Don't ask the critics : ask Wallace Roney's peers 129
14 Duke Ellington : transcontinental swing 133
15 Martin's tempo 154
16 The late, late blues : jazz modernism 157
17 Blues to be constitutional 166
18 Body and soul 180
19 JazzTimes columns : introduction 206
20 Jazz tradition is not innovation 209
21 The Negro aesthetic of jazz 211
22 Coltrane derailed 213
23 Jazz criticism and its effect on the art form 216
24 Jazz's own sweet time 230
25 Putting the white man in charge 232
26 Piano prodigy 235
27 On the corner : the sellout of Miles Davis 240
28 Come Sunday Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson 258
29 The presence is always the point 271
30 Live at the village vanguard Wynton Marsalis 285
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