A Night In Tunisia / Edition 1

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(Limelight). "...his economical writing style ... manages to pack lots of information and opinion into a few carefully chosen words ... Besides detail work well-grounded in scholarship...the author isn't afraid to interpolate such generalizations and speculations as he sees fit; he may be the Stephen Hawking of jazz criticism." Bob Tarte, The Beat
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Editorial Reviews

Joseph Murphy
Norman Weinstein has crafted a valuable work that, with its adherence to scholarship and careful analysis stands as the most successful attempt to address the enduring influence of African imagination on American Jazz. Norman Weinstein has written an animated and intelligent examination of what in American jazz reflects African origins and imaginings. He lets the text develop naturally, with sound scholarship and psychological cunning. ... Weinstein cuts through the gristle to reveal the bone of racism and appropriation working in counterpoint to the authentic esthetic and cultural history of the music. This psychological approach with its debt to Jung and Bachelard, gives "A Night in Tunisia" compelling contextual depth lacking in most jazz scholarship..
...he may be the Stephen Hawking of jazz criticism....a fascinating book....an extremely valuable overview of the music....
IAJRC Journal
...intriguing...points the way for further discussions of jazz from a strategy of textual interpretation....
Library Journal
Jazz buff Weinstein outlines the styles of 13 musicians while connecting their diverse sounds to an Afrocentric vision. This connection, he claims, runs deeper than most jazz writers acknowledge. The characteristics of African music, which include rhythm, vocal styles, and improvisation, appear frequently in the jazz music of non-Africans of all races. While somewhat uneven in presentation (a chapter parodying Duke Ellington's personification of jazz as a woman strikes an especially false note), the book may interest serious jazz fans--if only so they can argue with it. Musicians discussed include Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, George Russell, Randy Weston, Max Roach, and Yusef Lateef, among others. Appendixes list jazz recordings that include African themes. For large subject collections.-- Bonnie Jo Dopp, Dist . of Columbia P.L.
Weinstein examines the way jazz composers have creatively explored images and ideas about Africa, spotlighting the African recordings of 13 major musicians, and also offering a comprehensive discography cataloging the recordings of dozens more. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879101671
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1st Limelight ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Opening Night in Tunisia: An Introduction 1
2 Earliest Intimations of a Return to the Motherland 21
3 Madame Zzaj Testifies Why a Drum Is a Woman 37
4 "A Night in Tunisia": The Evolution of a Standard 48
5 John Coltrane: Sounding the African Cry for Paradise 60
6 George Russell Teaches Us to Play the African Game 73
7 John Carter: The Play of Roots and Folklore 82
8 Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: To Mozambique Via Marcus Garvey Drive 94
9 Randy Weston: Talking Piano Like a Drum Shouting Freedom 107
10 Max Roach: Drumming the Tales of African and African-American Liberation 118
11 Pierre Dorge: Travelling Through a New World Jungle Armed with Guitar and Orchestra 127
12 Archie Shepp: Magical Portraits for the Diaspora 135
13 Yusef Lateef: Re-Visioning the Geography of the Blues 145
14 Sunny Murray and the Creation of Time 159
15 Ronald Shannon Jackson: Journey to Africa Without End 166
16 Beyond the Americanization of Ooga Booga: Charting the Pathways of Afrocentric Imagination 176
Chapter Notes 184
Discography I 199
Discography II 208
Selected Playlists of the African Theme 226
Index 233
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