Northern Sun, Southern Moon: Europe's Reinvention of Jazz

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Overview

Until the 1960s American jazz, for all its improvisational and rhythmic brilliance, remained rooted in formal Western conventions originating in ancient Greece and early Christian plainchant. At the same time European jazz continued to follow the American model. When the creators of so-called free jazz—Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Anthony Braxton, and others—liberated American jazz from its Western ties, European musicians found their own distinctive voices and created a vital, innovative, and independent jazz culture.
Northern Sun, Southern Moon examines this pan-Eurasian musical revolution. Author and musician Mike Heffley charts its development in Scandinavia, Holland, England, France, Italy, and especially (former East and West) Germany. He then follows its spread to former Eastern-bloc countries. Heffley brings to life an evolving musical phenomenon, situating European jazz in its historical, social, political, and cultural contexts and adding valuable material to the still-scant scholarship on improvisation. He reveals a Eurasian genealogy worthy of jazz’s well-established African and American pedigrees and proposes startling new implications for the histories of both Western music and jazz.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300106930
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2005
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Heffley is a writer, composer, and jazz scholar. He has a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and is the author of  The Music of Anthony Braxton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : now was the time 1
Emancipation I From hierarchy
1 Mangelsdorff, Kuhn, Globokar : three ways back and out 25
2 Italy, Scandinavia, England, Holland, France : five ways in 63
Emancipation II To panarchy
3 Hampel, Brotzmann, von Schlippenbach : panarchy rising 119
4 Gumpert, Sommer, Bauer, Petrovsky : panarchy spreading 160
Emancipation III The archaic freedom
5 The free world beyond America 239
6 The marriage of time and Arche 269
Out : now is the time 300
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