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Bebop: The Music and Its Players

Thomas Owens

Abstract

Created in the jazz clubs of New York City, and initially treated by most musicians and audiences as radical, chaotic, and bewildering, bebop has become, this book states, “the lingua franca of jazz, serving as the principal musical language of thousands of jazz musicians.” It takes an insightful, loving tour through the music, players, and recordings that changed American culture. Combining vivid portraits of bebop's gigantic personalities—among them Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis—with deft musical analysis, this book offers an instrument-by-instrument look at the key player ... More

Keywords: bebop, jazz clubs, New York, music, American culture, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, innovations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195106510
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106510.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Owens, author
El Camino College, Torrance, California