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The Music: Reflections on Jazz & Blues

Baraka, Imamu Amiri (Leroi Jones) and Amina Baraka

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ISBN 10: 0688043887 / ISBN 13: 9780688043889
Published by William Morrow & Company, Inc., New York, 1987
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Music: Reflections on Jazz & Blues

Publisher: William Morrow & Company, Inc., New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Contains essays on Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, Woody Shaw, Jay Hoggard, Bob Neloms, Cecil McBee, Craig Harris, Gil Scott Heron, Chico Freeman Dennis Moorman, and other contemporary musicians as well as reflections on soul, modern trends, and other aspects of the history of jazz and blues. Also included are poems on music and musicians by both Amina and Amiri Baraka and a jazz musical by Amiri.

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Poet and playwright Baraka and his poet wife here collect his recent talks, articles, book and record reviews about jazz, blues and soul, 34 poems, the text for an anti-nuclear jazz musical and 15 of her poems. Declaring that he is "not a populist . . . but a Marxist-Leninist," Baraka, in this angry, repetitious agitprop material, seems to use almost every occasion possible to attack "white chauvinism." Instead of focusing on the music itself, to which he is clearly addicted, he focuses on the fact that "black music, like black people generally, is . . . left to the tender mercies of white racist monopoly capitalists" and that "jazz writing, like everything else in the society, has shifted toward the right." More than ever, he is convinced that white jazz critics impose a critical standard on the music that is opposed to the standards the music itself carries with it and describes. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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