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Journal of Musicology (2023) 40 (1): 1–33.
Published: 01 January 2023
...Benjamin Givan In interviews, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins has described himself as a “primitive” or intuitive musician. Manuscripts in his personal archive dating from the 1960s indicate that this is not true. During this period, he closely studied several published instrumental primers...
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Journal of Musicology (2018) 35 (3): 397–430.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Benjamin Givan Cecil Taylor (1929–2018), who was associated with the postwar black musical avant-garde, and Mary Lou Williams (1910–81), who had roots in jazz’s swing era, met in a notorious 1977 Carnegie Hall recital. These two African American pianists possessed decidedly different temperaments...
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Journal of Musicology (2016) 33 (3): 332–361.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Gleb Tsipursky Examining the history of jazz in the Soviet Union between 1948 and 1953, this essay sheds light on the role of popular music in the cultural competition of the early Cold War. While the Soviet authorities pursued a tolerant policy toward jazz during World War II because of its...
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Journal of Musicology (2010) 27 (4): 435–459.
Published: 01 October 2010
...Justin A. Williams Multiple factors contributed to the elevation of jazz as "high art" in mainstream media reception by the 1980s. The stage was thus set for hip-hop groups in the late-1980s and early 90s (such as Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, and Digable Planets) to engage in a relationship...
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Journal of Musicology (2009) 26 (3): 404–442.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Benjamin Givan The jazz pianist Thelonious Monk's highly idiosyncratic instrumental technique has long been a topic of controversy. Examination of competing views sheds light on the circumstances under which Monk's detractors have accused him of incompetence, whereas his devotees have generally...
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Journal of Musicology (2009) 26 (2): 133–174.
Published: 01 April 2009
... agendas, governmental secrecy, high-minded idealism, and hard-nosed business. The narrative also raises issues of race and race relations in the context of the Cold War struggle against communism and brings into focus the increasing cultural prestige of jazz and other popular genres worldwide during...