Black Music

Black Music
TitleBlack Music
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorBaraka, Amiri
Number of Pages217
PublisherAkashic Books
CityNew York
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number1933354933
KeywordsAfrican American Music, black music, blues, blues people, Music History
Reprint EditionAkashiClassics Renegade Reprint Series
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In the essay “Jazz and the White Critic” LeRoi Jones observes: “Most jazz critics have been white Americans, but most important jazz musicians have not been.” In Black Music, his perceptive and provocative collection of articles, reviews, profiles, interviews, liner notes, and new essays, Jones has offered a remedy of sorts. In brilliant discussions of Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, and Sun-Ra, he examines each musician’s personality, background, musical ambitions, accomplishments, and disappointments, to illuminate both the context and spirit of jazz.