Hard Bop

Hard Bop : Jazz and Black Music, 1955-1965

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Hard bop was a brand of post bebop jazz that enveloped many of the most talented American musicians in the period between 1955 and 1956. These were years unrivalled in jazz history for the number of musically brilliant records issued - including Art Blakey's Ugetsu, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, Thelonius Monk's Brilliant Corners, and Sonny Rollins's Saxophone Colossus. This is the first book devoted entirely to hard bop, combining a narrative of the movement's evolution, from its beginnings as an amalgam of bebop and R&B to its experimental breakthroughs in the 1960s. With close analyses of musicians' styles and recordings, as well as specific tendencies within the school, such as 'soul jazz', it offers a much needed examination of the artists, milieus, and above all the sounds of one of America's greatest musical epochs.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195085566
  • 9780195085563
  • 344,752

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In Hard Bop, the first thorough study of a brand of post-bebop jazz that included many of the most talented American musicians from roughly 1955 to 1965, David H. Rosenthal vividly examines the roots, traditions, explorations and permutations, personalities and recordings of a climactic period in jazz history. Beginning with hard bop's origins as an amalgam of bebop and R&B, he describes the evolution of movement that welcomed all influences.show more

About David H. Rosenthal

David Rosenthal was a free-lance jazz critic, poet, and, journalistshow more

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'very good overview of the genesis and development of that music which flourished from 1955 to 1965' Peter Hepple, Stage & Television Todayshow more

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