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Jazz Night In America

Scholars and artists don’t seem to argue over exactly what constitutes classical music or rock, but it’s a debate that often rears its head in the jazz world. Christian is an early, influential jazz guitarist from the swing era who was prominent in the Benny Goodman Orchestra. He picks, along with several other big band instruments in this song, taken from The Genius of the Electric Guitar. Brubeck is considered one of the most innovative jazz musicians for his unusual time signatures.

It is thus ironic that jazz would probably never have evolved had it not been for the slave trade as it was practiced specifically in the United States. Louis Moreau Gottschalk (Bamboula, subtitled Danse des Nègres, 1844–45, and Ojos Criollos, 1859, among others). Nevertheless, jazz syncopation struck nonblack listeners as fascinating and novel, because that particular type of syncopation was not present in European classical music. The syncopations in ragtime and jazz were, in fact, the result of reducing and simplifying the complex, multilayered, polyrhythmic, and polymetric designs indigenous to all kinds of West African ritual dance and ensemble music. In other words, the former accentuations of multiple vertically competing metres were drastically simplified to syncopated accents.

If you’re interested to dive further into this, we rounded up some of the best books on the history of jazz here. This fusing of jazz with music from other cultures was a tradition that had been in place at least since Dizzy Gillespie had mixed together bebop with Cuban music in the 1940s. Davis’ “So What” from Kind of Blue, the biggest selling and most famous jazz album of all time, is the most well known example of this. Meanwhile, Miles Davis and others had been experimenting with modal jazz – where the musicians improvise with scales, often for extended periods – in an attempt to free themselves from the constraints of traditional harmony.

For example, several musicians who had been prominent in the fusion genre during the 1970s began to record acoustic jazz once more, including Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Other musicians who had experimented with electronic instruments in the previous decade had abandoned them by the 1980s; for example, Bill Evans, Joe Henderson, and Stan Getz. Even the 1980s music of Miles Davis, although certainly still fusion, adopted a far more accessible and recognizably jazz-oriented approach than his abstract work of the mid-1970s, such as a return to a theme-and-solos approach. The 1980s saw something of a reaction against the fusion and free jazz that had dominated the 1970s.

Brazilian masters trade tunes with the world’s top jazz stars for this classic and contemporary mix. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. Little Gem Saloon — Another New Orleans icon, the Little Gem Saloon first opened its doors in 1903 and has been serving up traditional jazz for more than a century since. The Jazz Playhouse – You’ll find the luxurious Jazz Playhouse at The Royal Sonesta in New Orleans. Listen to live music and enjoy tasty appetizers and while sipping on a crafted cocktail.

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