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

Edited by prominent musician and scholar Leonard Brown, John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music is a timely exploration of Coltrane's sound and its spiritual qualities that are rooted in Black American music-culture and aspirations for freedom. A wide-ranging collection of essays and interviews featuring many of the most eminent figures in Black American music and jazz studies and performance —Tommy Lee Lott, Anthony Brown, Herman Gray, Emmett G. Price III, Tammy Kernodle, Salim Washington, Eric Jackson, TJ Anderson ,Yusef Lateef, Billy Taylor, Olly Wilson, George Russell, and a never before published interview with Elvin Jones — the book examines the full spectrum of Coltrane's legacy. Each work 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195328929
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/09/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Leonard Brown is a professional saxophonist, composer and arranger, and Associate Professor of African American Studies and Music at Northeastern University. A Ford Fellow, he served as senior consulting historian and principal ethnomusicologist for the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, and is co-author of Kansas City - And All That's Jazz. Brown is co-founder and producer of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert.

Table of Contents

Foreword T. J. Anderson v

You Have to Be Invited: Reflections on Music Making and Musician Creation in Black American Culture Leonard L. Brown 3

In His Own Words: Coltrane's Responses to Critics Leonard L. Brown 11

John Coltrane and the Practice of Freedom Herman Gray 33

John Coltrane as the Personification of Spirituality in Black Music Anthony Brown 55

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Alice Coltrane and the Redefining of the Jazz Avant-Garde Tammy L. Kernodle 73

When Bar Walkers Preach: John Coltrane and the Crisis of the Black Intellectual Tommy L. Lott 99

"Don't Let the Devil (Make You) Lose Your Joy": A Look at Late Coltrane Salim Washington 123

The Spiritual Ethos in Black Music and Its Quintessential Exemplar, John Coltrane Emmett G. Price III 153

Somebody Please Say, "Amen!" Eric D. Jackson 173

Masters on a Master Introduction Anthony Brown's Leonard L. Brown's Olly Wilson Yusef Lateef Billy Taylor

Conversation with Olly Wilson 185

Conversation with Yusef Lateef 192

Conversation with Billy Taylor 205

Coda: George Russell on John Coltrane 219

Index 221

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