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New York Is Now!: The New Wave of Free Jazz

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"For nearly twenty years, often with little or no recognition, a community of New York musicians has been creating new music in the tradition of pioneers such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane, but which is uniquely their own. During the 1990s, free jazz broke through to an entirely new audience of alternative rock listeners, introducing them to the extraordinarily vital music that is being created in and around New York City. Rejuvenated by the interest and support of this new audience, free jazz is experiencing a renaissance."
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Overview

"For nearly twenty years, often with little or no recognition, a community of New York musicians has been creating new music in the tradition of pioneers such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane, but which is uniquely their own. During the 1990s, free jazz broke through to an entirely new audience of alternative rock listeners, introducing them to the extraordinarily vital music that is being created in and around New York City. Rejuvenated by the interest and support of this new audience, free jazz is experiencing a renaissance." "New York is Now is a passionate account of that renaissance, taking us into the world of free jazz and its players, including an exploration of the scene that has sprung up around them, the venues where they perform, the independent record labels that release their music, and the rock magazines that cover them, even when the jazz press will not." Here is the story, not of the 1960s, but of the 1990s and beyond. With candor and insight, often letting the musicians tell their own stories, Phil Freeman pulls no punches as he shows how free jazz has transformed itself from a rebellion against the jazz mainstream to a parallel, equally viable tradition in its own right.
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Embraced by rock fans in the early 90s, the Free Jazz movement has inspired a kind of jazz renaissance. Jazz journalist and death-metal fan Phil Freeman describes that revival in New York Is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz, the first book published by the multimedia Telegraph Company (66 Hope St., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11211; 718-599-6762). In interviews with avant-garde jazz musicians, reviews of salient works, discussions of the scene's important clubs and record labels, and analysis of the genre's relationship to indie rock, Freeman catalogues a much-overlooked musical and cultural phenomenon. Jazz fans and indie-rockers alike should welcome this thorough and opinionated work. Sept. 10) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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This first book by freelance music journalist Freeman profiles some of the top free jazz artists in New York City today, including Charles Gayle, David S. Ware, and Matthew Shipp. A confessed jazz outsider (he grew up on punk and metal and only recently fell for free jazz, a new movement created by New York musicians emulating Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and John Coltrane), the author strongly believes that if free jazz is to survive, it needs to attract audiences in different ways than mainstream jazz does. He suggests that it actively court rock/metal/hardcore listeners and lists successful collaborations to prove his point. Often the musicians discussed here have been relegated to small chapters in other jazz titles like Gary Giddins's Visions of Jazz (LJ 8/98), so a larger treatment is welcome. The writer is fairly passionate and does not mince words on the topics of jazz history, jazz critics, and Ken Burns's recent Jazz series. While readers might disagree on certain issues, the interviews with performers and music producers are quite valuable. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. [This is the inaugural title from the Telegraph Company, a multimedia entertainment company based in Brooklyn. Ed.] Ronald S. Russ, Arkansas State Univ., Beebe Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930606005
  • Publisher: Telegraph Company, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    I'd rather read a Wang Chung biography

    Freeman makes way too many assumptions--he cannot distingush between amateurish subjectivity and objectivity. Jazz is much more complicated and has a much longer history than he seems to realize.

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