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Hard BopJazz and Black Music, 1955–1965$
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David H. Rosenthal

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195085563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085563.001.0001

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The Lyricists

The Lyricists

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(p.85) 5 The Lyricists
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Hard Bop
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David H. Rosenthal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085563.003.0006

This chapter dwells on “lyricists, soul-jazz specialists and tormented poets of anguish:” Brown, Farmer, Golson, Gryce, Jones and Associates, and Detroit Pianists. All of them have an affinity with the great Swing musicians, and have helped add new layers to the art of jazz. These lyricists put a premium on playing “beautiful music”—a term that can mean different things to different people. In the case of lyricists like the Farmer-Gryce quintet, it meant music that wasn't restricted to traditional 32-bar choruses, music that held an affinity with Swing, and music that was refreshing, but not “aridly experimental.” Other lyricists would have different takes, but all agreed that music, for all the ambiguity of the term, is supposed to be beautiful, as opposed to jarringly discordant.

Keywords:   jazz lyricists, Farmer-Gryce quintet, beautiful music, swing music, jazz quintet

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