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The Transformation of Black MusicThe rhythms, the songs, and the ships of the African Diaspora$
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Sam Floyd, Melanie Zeck, and Guthrie Ramsey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307245

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307245.001.0001

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Afro-modernism and Music

Afro-modernism and Music

On Science, Community, and Magic in the Black Avant-Garde (by Guthrie Ramsey Jr.)

(p.155) 9 Afro-modernism and Music
The Transformation of Black Music

Samuel A. Floyd

Oxford University Press

The creative impulses of midcentury jazz musicians are explored as new stylistic trends disrupted expectations and transcended preconceived notions of jazz. Contemporary composers and academicians also questioned mainstream trends in both music making and intellectual musicological discourse; they, too, sought outlets for their work. Collectively, these musicians, composers, and academicians paved new roads for musicianship and ultimately strove to institutionalize their work and establish vehicles for disseminating the fruits of their labors.

Keywords:   Afro-modernism, bebop, Lydian Chromatic Concept, George Russell, Ornette Coleman, blues aesthetic, academic composer, black music research

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