The Birth Of Bebop: A Social And Musical History

The Birth Of Bebop A Social And Musical History The richest place in America s musical landscape is that fertile ground occupied by jazz Scott DeVeaux takes a central chapter in the history of jazz the birth of bebop and shows how our contemporary

  • Title: The Birth Of Bebop: A Social And Musical History
  • Author: Scott DeVeaux
  • ISBN: 9780520216655
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • The richest place in America s musical landscape is that fertile ground occupied by jazz Scott DeVeaux takes a central chapter in the history of jazz the birth of bebop and shows how our contemporary ideas of this uniquely American art form flow from that pivotal moment At the same time, he provides an extraordinary view of the United States in the decades just prior toThe richest place in America s musical landscape is that fertile ground occupied by jazz Scott DeVeaux takes a central chapter in the history of jazz the birth of bebop and shows how our contemporary ideas of this uniquely American art form flow from that pivotal moment At the same time, he provides an extraordinary view of the United States in the decades just prior to the civil rights movement DeVeaux begins with an examination of the Swing Era, focusing particularly on the position of African American musicians He highlights the role played by tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, a progressive committed to a vision in which black jazz musicians would find a place in the world commensurate with their skills He then looks at the young musicians of the early 1940s, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk, and links issues within the jazz world to other developments on the American scene, including the turmoil during World War II and the pervasive racism of the period Throughout, DeVeaux places musicians within the context of their professional world, paying close attention to the challenges of making a living as well as of making good music He shows that bebop was simultaneously an artistic movement, an ideological statement, and a commercial phenomenon In drawing from the rich oral histories that a living tradition provides, DeVeaux s book resonates with the narratives of individual lives While The Birth of Bebop is a study in American cultural history and a critical musical inquiry, it is also a fitting homage to bebop and to those who made it possible.

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    1. I think this is an extremely important book to read about the development of modern jazz. I would have preferred to give this 4.5 stars, but decided with 4 instead of 5. The best thing about this book is his method of analysis in how bebop was developed. Even the more philosophical intro was good, explaining the revolution vs. evolution debate around bebop as well as the composer/performer or entertainer/artist dichotomy and how bebop very much blurred those distinctions. He looks at a whole ser [...]

    2. "This chapter does not attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the opening moments of bebop's "short stay in the sun." It is, instead, a series of glimpses, following up some of the biographical threads initiated in other chapters and focusing on the recordings that define, in retrospect, the early history of bebop." p.367

    3. Took a long time to read, but it always held my interest when I picked it up. Some of its musical theory was beyond me. Interesting details and a sophisticated view of history. Lots about Coleman Hawkins as a bridge figure between swing and bebop.

    4. I chose this book for further insight into the Bebop movement and for the credibility of the author. As a person with just a passing interest in jazz, I was surprised by just how good (and readable) this book was! DeVeaux tells a great story. The only bits I had to skim were periodic breakdowns of harmonics and the music theory involved, but even that seemed to be clearly laid out and annotated with musically-transcribed graphics.

    5. One of the best music books ever! Bebop tore music a new one, and this is its neat-o story, incredibly detailed and slanted toward the musician.

    6. Superb. An engaging and insightful study of the social & commercial pressures and musical impulses that drove the development of the idiom of bebop.

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