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Three New Jazz Texts

We receive enough books at JazzTimes-we get almost as many books as we do vocal CDs-that we really should start our own book club (watch out, Oprah). We don’t have time to start that up, though. We have all those albums by vocalists to listen to, after all. But if you like to read and you like jazz (And why would you be here if you didn’t?), here’s the skinny on a few recent jazz texts that have tickled our fancy.

Scott Saul’s Freedom Is, Freedom Ain’t: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties (Harvard University Press) offers an interesting view on how jazz served as a sort of cultural front to the Freedom Movement of the 1960s-through musicians’ involvement with civil rights, black power and the counterculture. Saul uses the improvisations of artists like John Coltrane and Charles Mingus as an extended metaphor for the progression of the volatile decade. Here’s a particularly interesting excerpt:

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