Digging : the Afro-American soul of American classical music / Amiri Baraka.

Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.
Music of the African diaspora ; 13.
Music of the African diaspora ; 13
411 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
Music -- History and criticism.
African American musicians.
African Americans -- Music.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Publisher description: For almost half a century, Amiri Baraka has ranked among the most important commentators on African American music and culture. In this brilliant assemblage of his writings on music, the first such collection in nearly twenty years, Baraka blends autobiography, history, musical analysis, and political commentary to recall the sounds, people, times, and places he's encountered. As in his earlier classics, Blues People and Black Music, Baraka offers essays on the famous--Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane--and on those whose names are known mainly by jazz aficionados--Alan Shorter, Jon Jang, and Malachi Thompson. Baraka's literary style, with its deep roots in poetry, makes palpable his love and respect for his jazz musician friends. His energy and enthusiasm show us again how much Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and the others he lovingly considers mattered. He brings home to us how music itself matters, and how musicians carry and extend that knowledge from generation to generation, providing us, their listeners, with a sense of meaning and belonging.
pt. 1. Essays. Griot/Djali : poetry, music, history, message
Miles later
The "Blues aesthetic" and the "Black aesthetic" : aesthetics as the continuing political history of a culture
Blues people : looking both ways
The American popular song : "The great American song book"
Blues line
Cosby and the music
Nina returns
Jazz criticism and its effect on the music
Not "the Boss" : Bruce Springsteen
Wynton Marsalis : Black codes (from the Underground)
"The international business of jazz" and the need for the cooperative and collective self-development of an international people's culture
Newark's' "Coast" and the hidden legacy of urban culture
Black music as a force for social change
What you mean, DuWop?
Classical American music
Singers and the music (A theater piece)
Newark's influence on American music
Ritual and performance
Bopera theory
"Jazz and the white critic" : thirty years later
Random notes on the last decade.
pt. 2. Great musicians. Panthalassa : Miles Davis
When Miles split!
David Murray, Ming's samba
David Murray, Fo deuk revue
David Murray, addenda to a concert
On reissuing Trane
John Coltrane : why his legacy continues
Some memories of Alan Shorter : interview with Wayne Shorter
High art : Art Tatum
Max Roach at the Iridium
Paris Max
The great Max Roach
Billie Holiday
The high priest of Bebop
Eric Dolphy : a note
Jackie Mc
It ain't about you
You ever hear Albert Ayler?
Albert's will
Sassy was definitely not the Avon lady
Fred Hopkins's memorial
Duke Ellington : the music's "great spirit"
Duke was a very great pianist!
Blind Tom : the continuity of Americana
Don Pullen leaves us
Black history month rediscovers "the music" in New York City
Black history month rediscovers "the music," part 2 : the Charles Tolliver big band at the Jazz Standard
Wonderful Stevie
Abbey Lincoln
Four tough good-byes : Jackie McLean, John Hicks, Hilton Ruiz, Halim Suliman.
pt. 3. Notes, reviews, and observations. Impulse sampler, Act on impulse
Ralph Peterson
Andrew Cyrille, Good to go
Odean Pope saxophone choir, Epitome
Ravi Coltrane, Moving pictures
Donal Fox and David Murray, Ugly beauty
Tyrone Jefferson, Connections
James Moody
Barry Harris : in the tradition
Pharoah Sanders, Shukuru
Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet, Breakthrough
Von and Chico Freeman, Freeman and Freeman
Alan Shorter, Orgasm
The work man : Reggie Workman
Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory
Jimmy Scott, But beautiful
Malachi Thompson, Talking horns
The Nexus Orchestra, Seize the time
Three fresh ticklers
Rodney Kendrick, Last chance for common sense
Jazz times review, multiple artists
More young bloods to the rescue!
Vijay Iyer, Memorophilia
TriFactor, If you believe
Live lessons
New York Art Quintet
Peter Brötzmann, Nipples, and Joe McPhee, Nation time
Jon Jang and David Murray, River of life
Trio Three, Encounter
Jackie Mc
Coming and going.
"George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies"--Jacket.
Includes discographies.
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Online version: Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934- Digging.
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