What, where, and when is jazz? To most of us jazz means small combos, made up mostly of men, performing improvisationally in urban club venues. But jazz has been through many changes in the decades since World War II, emerging in unexpected places and incorporating a wide range of new styles. In this engrossing new book, David Ake expands on the discussion he began in Jazz Cultures, lending his engaging, thoughtful, and stimulating perspective to post-1940s jazz. Ake investigates such issues as improvisational analysis, pedagogy, American exceptionalism, and sense of place in jazz. He uses provocative case studies to illustrate how some of the values ascribed to the postwar jazz culture are reflected in and fundamentally shaped by aspects of sound, location, and time.
David Ake is Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University, and the author of Jazz Cultures (UC Press).
List of Illustrations Introduction Part I. Sound and Time 1. Being (and Becoming) John Coltrane: Listening for Jazz Subjectivity" 2. Musicology beyond the Score and the Performance: Making Sense of the Creak on Miles Davis's Old Folks" 3. Sex Mob and the Carnivalesque in Postwar Jazz Part II. Place and Time 4. Race, Place, and Nostalgia after the Counterculture: Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny on ECM 5. Rethinking Jazz Education 6. Negotiating National Identity among American Jazz Musicians in Paris Acknowledgments Appendix 1. Sample of American Jazz Musicians Born Since 1950 Who Studied Jazz at the College Level Appendix 2. Interview Locations and Dates Notes Index
"David Ake doesn't pretend to stand on a mountaintop and deliver the Truth about jazz. Instead, he takes a wider view, showing that the Truth is really a series of possibilities, each one exciting enough in itself to keep us enthralled by the music no matter how much we think we know." Blurt 20101020 "Along comes a fresh, thoughtful, carefully reasoned book discussing topic that have not been done to death, and one realizes that there may be more left to say on this heavily analyzed musical genre...'Jazz Matters' is one such book." Generally Eclectic Review 20110420 "Jazz Matters will surely benefit the jazz community at large as well as spark interest from interdisciplinary fields of study." -- Michael Donovan Ethnomusicology Forum 20110922 "Tells new jazz stories while finding fresh truths in the old." -- Peter Kenagy, New England Conservatory of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and Design American Music 20130204 "Engagingly written, [Jazz Matters] is replete with keen, sometimes provocative, insights that will set many readers' minds a-whirring." -- Benjamin Givan Society for American Music 20140101 "Ake has made another vibrant contribution to contemporary jazz studies, one that sets very high standards of scholarly rigor and intellectual versatility, and that will continually spur readers of many disciplinary persuasions to question what they think they know." -- Benjamin Givan Society for American Music 20140101
University of California Press
University of California Press
Sound, Place, and Time Since Bebop
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Roth Family Foundation Music in America Imprint
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