The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop (Hardcover)

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Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the prize-winning Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (UC Press).
Bud Powell was not only one of the greatest bebop pianists of all time, he stands as one of the twentieth century’s most dynamic and fiercely adventurous musical minds. His expansive musicianship, riveting performances, and inventive compositions expanded the bebop idiom and pushed jazz musicians of all stripes to higher standards of performance. Yet Powell remains one of American music’s most misunderstood figures, and the story of his exceptional talent is often overshadowed by his history of alcohol abuse, mental instability, and brutalization at the hands of white authorities. In this first extended study of the social significance of Powell’s place in the American musical landscape, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. shows how the pianist expanded his own artistic horizons and moved his chosen idiom into new realms. Illuminating and multi-layered, The Amazing Bud Powell centralizes Powell’s contributions as it details the collision of two vibrant political economies: the discourses of art and the practice of blackness.


ISBN 9780520243910
Genre MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Jazz
Format Hardcover
Pages 240
Publisher Date 2013-05-28 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.05 lb
Height 10.0 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Language English
Subtitle Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop
Series Name Music of the African Diaspora
Series Volume Number 17
Audience College/higher education
Authors Ramsey, Guthrie P., Jr.
Country of Origin United States

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