Dancing in Your Head: Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Beyond / Edition 1

Dancing in Your Head: Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Beyond / Edition 1

by Gene Santoro
     
 

As music columnist for The Nation, Gene Santoro has established himself as an important new critical voice, able to write well on a broad spectrum of popular music and jazz without losing touch with the cutting edge of today's music scene. About Nat "King" Cole, Santoro comments: "adjectives can't describe the swinging, ingratiating

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As music columnist for The Nation, Gene Santoro has established himself as an important new critical voice, able to write well on a broad spectrum of popular music and jazz without losing touch with the cutting edge of today's music scene. About Nat "King" Cole, Santoro comments: "adjectives can't describe the swinging, ingratiating self-confidence laced with tenderness that colors Nat "King" Cole's singing. His baritone/tenor is so airy and elemental, so palpably physical, it invites you in, then surrounds you glowingly..." And on the highly successful rock band Living Colour, Santoro is no less evocative: "hardcore metal raveups slam into bluesy ballads and psychedelicized pop, lilting Caribbean inflections collide with hiphop scrambles of prerecorded material and touches of funk."
Dancing in Your Head gathers Santoro's liveliest reviews and essays for the first time, introducing a fresh and provocative perspective on several decades of musicians and their work. Santoro covers a wide musical vista, from the legendary blues singer Robert Johnson to Public Enemy's controversial rap lyrics, from the long running clash between blues and African American gospel to the rock iconoclast Neil Young, from the great James Brown to George Hay, the founder of the Grand Ole Opry. Documenting the evolution of jazz, rock and roll, and rap, Santoro's observations are incisive, honest, and reflective. Of his early exposure to Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Bela Bartok, Santoro remarks, "That sense of wonder and discovery is what happens when you've been hit by art's immediate vatic power. It has never left me, has been touched and renewed by each encounter I've valued." Santoro examines the staying power of music legends Lou Reed, Eric Clapton, the Grateful Dead, and Sun Ra, the freewheeling jazz artist who prefers to call himself a tone artist rather than a musician. Special highlights include several pieces on Miles Davis; book reviews, including one on Gunther Schuller's two-volume History of Jazz; a lively and detailed profile of the Neville Brothers; and a discussion of jazz great Ornette Coleman that compares him to Orson Welles and Charles Ives.
Taken together the pieces in Dancing In Your Head examine the historical roots of today's popular music while offering insight into performers and trends that dominate the current scene. Balancing a critical and historical sensibility with an unharnessed enthusiasm for all forms of music, Santoro is an ideal guide to the old and new.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195101232
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1.Phonograph Blues3
2.Hellhound on His Trail9
3.Lift Every Voice and Sing12
4.Doing It to Death18
5.Take It to the River24
6.Born on the Bayou28
7.New Orleans's Hidden Treasures31
8.Soul Queen of New Orleans33
9.Uptown36
10.Country Comforts48
11.Androgyne with a Lariat54
12.Even Cowgirls Get the Blues56
13.Austin's Eraserhead58
14.The Layla Sessions60
15.Beckology70
16.Rockin' in the Free World85
17.Still Alive: The Grateful Dead89
18.New York Lou91
19.On the Border95
20.Payola Guys97
21.Turn On Your Love Light99
22.Rock Vaudeville103
23.Good Day at Black Rock108
24.The Godfathers of Rap112
25.Don't Believe the Hype117
26.Mr. Ambience125
27.Them Ol' Bahamas Blues128
28.Dancing in Your Head131
29.The Blackwell Project138
30.E.S.P.144
31.Rolling with the Tape150
32.The Serpent's Tooth160
33.Prince of Darkness163
34.Notes from Underground172
35.Hidden Histories179
36.Gunther Schuller's Memory Palace185
37.Preservation Hall Comes to Carnegie192
38.Nature Boy194
39.The Two Oscars198
40.The Gypsy King204
41.The Wizard of Waukesha206
42.A Box of Mr. Overdub211
43.Collier's Ellington Follies214
44.Epitaph218
45.Mingus's Sancho Panza220
46.Rahsaan to the Moon225
47.Space Is the Place228
48.Surfing on the Keys234
49.Music by Association237
50.Unplugging the Enlightenment243
51.Child Is Father to the Music248
52.In and Out of the Tradition254
53.The Knitting Factory258
54.Monk Goes Downtown260
55.The Nurturer267
56.The Clark Kent of the Electric Guitar270
57.Downtown Scenes273
58.Fractured Fairy Tales277
59.Caos Totale278
60.On the Street Where You Live279
61.East Village Jumpcuts281
62.Naked City286
63.A Star Is Made287
64.Master of Tributes295
65.The Big Apple Avant-garde298
Index305

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