John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music

John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music

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by Leonard Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195328531

ISBN-13: 9780195328530

Pub. Date: 09/09/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

John Coltrane's unique and powerful saxophonic sound is commonly recognized among jazz scholars and fans alike as having a "spiritual" nature, imbued with the perfomer's soul, which deeply touches musicians and listeners worldwide. This revered and respected musician created new standards, linked tradition with innovation, challenged common assumptions, and

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John Coltrane's unique and powerful saxophonic sound is commonly recognized among jazz scholars and fans alike as having a "spiritual" nature, imbued with the perfomer's soul, which deeply touches musicians and listeners worldwide. This revered and respected musician created new standards, linked tradition with innovation, challenged common assumptions, and relentlessly pursued spiritual goals in his music, which he aimed openly to use as a means to help listeners see the beauty of life. More than four decades after Coltrane's death, it is this spiritual nature of the music that has kept his sound alive - and thriving - on the contemporary jazz scene.

Edited by prominent jazz musician and scholar Leonard Brown, John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom is a timely exploration of Coltrane's sound and its spiritual qualities as they relate to Black American music culture and aspirations for freedom. A wide-ranging collection of essays and interviews featuring many of the most eminent figures in jazz studies and performance—Tommy Lee Lott, Anthony Brown, Herman Gray, Emmett G. Price III, Dwight Andrews, Tammy Kernodle, Salim Washington, Eric Jackson, and TJ Anderson (foreword)— the book examines the full spectrum of Coltrane's legacy. Each essay approaches this theme from a different angle, in both historical and contemporary contexts, focusing on how Coltrane became a quintessential example of the universal and enduring qualities of Black American culture. The contributors address Coltrane as the Black intellectual, the visionary master of musical syntax, the man and the media icon, and ultimately the symbol of the spiritual core of Black American music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195328530
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by T.J. Anderson
Preface by Leonard Brown

1.You Have To Be Invited - Leonard Brown
2. In His Own Words - Leonard Brown
3. John Coltrane and the Practice of Freedom - Herman Gray
4. John Coltrane As the Personification of Spirituality In Black Music - Anthony Brown
5. Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Alice Coltrane and the Redefining of the Jazz Avante Garde - Tammy Kernodle
6. When Bar Walkers Preach: John Coltrane and The Crisis of the Black Intellectual - Tommy Lee Lott
7. "Don't Let the Devil (Make You) Lose Your Joy": A Look at Late Coltrane - Salim Washington
8. The Spiritual Ethos in Black Music and its Quintessential Exemplar, John Coltrane - Emmett G. Price III
9. Somebody Please Say, Amen! - Eric Jackson
10. Masters on A Master Introduction: Anthony Brown's and Leonard Brown's Interviews with Olly Wilson, Yusef Lateef and Billy Taylor
11. Conversation with Olly Wilson
12. Conversation with Yusef Lateef
13. Conversation with Billy Taylor
14. Coda: George Allen Russell on John Coltrane's Legacy

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