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Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz Hardcover – November 7, 2007
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"...an indespensable resource." --Andy Hamilton, The Wire
"I learned so much from Miles Ornette Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz. It's really reporting, as well as listening. This is jazz from the inside - an essential book, not only for new listeners but for historians of jazz now, and in the future. We hear the musicians speak, informing the author - and us - thereby adding to how much more of the music we come to hear." --Nat Hentoff, writer, Jazz Times, Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal
"Howard Mandel assumes many roles here -- elucidating critic and devoted fan, knowledgeable listener and Boswellian acolyte, evangelist and champion of the avant garde -- all taken on with infectious enthusiasm." --George Kanzler, JazzTimes
"The most impressive aspect of the book is [Mandel's] writing: honest and evocative, flavorful and generous, enthusiastic and thought-provoking." --Art Lange, Jazz Notes
About the Author
Howard Mandel is an award-winning journalist who has published articles in Down Beat, The Village Voice, and The Wire, among many other publications internationally. A longtime arts-segment producer for National Public Radio and adjunct associate professor at New York University, he is also the president of the Jazz Journalists Association and the author of Future Jazz, published by Oxford University Press. Further details on Mandel and his work are available at www.HowardMandel.com.
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And yet one of them, Cecil Taylor, says "there is no such thing as freedom, only preparation." He invokes an American boy scout motto! So in Mandel's excellent book we see three artists prepare for life's possibilities in his special way. Mandel, a superb writer and the President of the Jazz Journalist Association, explains these men as what critic Albert Murray called "Omni-Americans," who "want to claim and/or partake of everything available and relevant to their present nationality, more than their racial and ethnic ancestry." This aesthetic embraces an omnivorously eloquent Americanness. Mandel quotes Gerald Early: Miles was "enormously inventive, snappishly opportunistic and yet surprisingly principled in the simple act of making a living in a dying art, that is dying as an art form with a large audience."
Miles' limpid trumpet could melt your heart with future dreams which arguably arrive with "Bitches Brew," the surreal studio pastiche of sinuous polyrhythms which used "a street-savvy, pan global and well-capitalized slanguage, right for the present and maybe the future... What was always compelling was his personal line, variously wary, bold, romantic, wry, base and candid."
Pulitzer Prize winning Ornette Coleman's intellectual quirkiness and integrity radiate the dancing cubism of his "harmolodic" concept of equalizing melody, rhythm and harmony.Read more ›
Mainstream jazzers--that may be baffled by this music--may find in this book the needed keys to open new doors.