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The Battle of the Five Spot, Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field

David Lee

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ISBN 10: 1551281236 / ISBN 13: 9781551281230
Published by Mercury Pr, 2006
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Battle of the Five Spot, Ornette Coleman...

Publisher: Mercury Pr

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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The Battle of the Five Spot is an engaging look at a milestone of jazz history. When the Texas-born saxophonist Ornette Coleman brought his quartet to New York?s Five Spot Café in 1959, the music spurred a stormy controversy, and a struggle between old and new styles that has never wholly subsided.

David Lee explores the debate around Coleman?s innovation in terms of its relationships to social change and issues of power within arts communities, referring to such disparate sources as Norman Mailer (a Five Spot regular), composer Leonard Bernstein, and French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. You may never listen to jazz the same way again!

About the Author:

David Lee was born and raised in Mission, BC. Upon finishing English studies at UBC, he moved to Toronto where he worked for the jazz magazine Coda and with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions.

He also studied double bass and became active in Toronto avant-garde theatre, dance and multi-media performances, as well as touring internationally and recording with the Bill Smith Ensemble. Lee's instrumental work can be heard on reissued Boxholder CDs with Leo Smith ("Rastafari") and Joe McPhee ("Visitation"), and on a recent Static Airport Records CD with Kenny Baldwin ("Row Boat to China").

Moving back to the west coast, he played in community bands, co-founded the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, wrote a Vancouver Island guidebook, and co-authored Stopping Time, the autobiography of jazz pianist Paul Bley. David Lee received his MA in Music Criticism from McMaster University in 2004 and currently lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario.

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