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Ugly Beauty: Jazz in the 21st Century
Ugly Beauty: Jazz in the 21st Century

Ugly Beauty: Jazz in the 21st Century

by Philip Freeman


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What does jazz mean 20 years into the 21st century? Has streaming culture rendered music literally meaningless, thanks to the removal of all context beyond the playlist? Are there any traditions left to explore? Has the destruction of the apprenticeship model (young musicians learning from their elders) changed the music irrevocably? Are any sounds off limits? How far out can you go and still call it jazz? Or should the term be retired? These questions, and many more, are answered in Ugly Beauty, as Phil Freeman digs through his own experiences and conversations with present-day players. Jazz has never seemed as vital as it does right now, and has a genuine role to play in 21st-century culture, particularly in the US and the UK.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789046328
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 343,270
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Philip Freeman is a music journalist specializing in jazz and metal. He is the former managing editor of the world music magazine Global Rhythm; the former editor-in-chief of the metal magazine Metal Edge; the founder of MSN Entertainment's Headbäng daily metal blog; and currently writes a monthly jazz column, Ugly Beauty, for Stereogum. He lives in Elizabeth, NJ.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I 9

Introduction 11

JD Allen: Just Keep Going 13

Jeremy Pelt: You Eventually Sound Like Yourself 20

Wayne Escoffery: We All Learn Lessons in Life 26

Victor Gould: A Challenge To Be Embraced 33

Ethan Iverson & Orrin Evans: In Two Notes I Could Tell 39

Jason Moran: How Do You Value Your Work? 49

Part II 55

Introduction 57

Vijay Iyer: On the Either-Or Side 60

Taylor Ho Bynum: Blurring Lines, Upending Expectations 68

Tomeka Reid & Nicole Mitchell: The Importance of Radical Imagination 74

Mary Halvorson: How Can I Create Something New? 83

Linda May Han Oh: Ebb and Flow 90

Tyshawn Sorey: Write It Down and Believe in It 97

Part III 105

Introduction 107

Shabaka Hutchings: I Guess He Can Play… 110

Yazz Ahmed: Becoming Whole 116

Nubya Garcia & Shirley Tetteh: We're Not Americans 122

Brandee Younger & Makaya McCraven: Making Connections, Shining a Light 130

Nduduzo Makhathini, Siya Makuzeni, Thandi Ntuli, Linda Sikhakhane & Ndabo Zulu: Recovering Indigenous Knowledge 137

Kamasi Washington, Ryan Porter, Cameron Graves, Miles Mosley, Thundercat & Dwight Trible: A Force to Be Reckoned With 147

Darius Jones: It's About Connections 158

Part IV 169

Introduction 171

Ambrose Akinmusire: Expressing Complexity 174

Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah: Where the Power Rests 182

Keyon Harrold: You Gotta Kill It 190

Theo Croker: This is All Black Music 196

Marquis Hill: Reaching the People 203

Part V 209

Introduction 211

Jaimie Branch: Sometimes I Edit Myself 213

James Brandon Lewis: It Just Depends 221

Matana Roberts: Child of the Wind 228

Kassa Overall: Finding Something in Everything 235

Moor Mother & Luke Stewart: We All Come Together 241

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