Chapter

Ensembles

Thomas Owens

in Bebop

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195106510
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853182 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106510.003.0010
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An assemblage of great jazz musicians will not always make great jazz. Different players, though they may all play within the bebop idiom, develop different concepts of rhythm, harmonic vocabulary, texture, and dynamics. Sometimes those concepts are too different to be compatible. This chapter focuses on some of those great, communicating ensembles and their music. The ensembles range in size from trios to big bands. Bud Powell's most frequent ensemble was a trio. But on those occasions when he and his colleagues were functioning at a peak levels, superior music resulted. One classic example is Un poco loco, played by Powell, Max Roach, and Curly Russel. The Peterson-Ellis-Brown trio marked a turning point in Peterson's musical evolution. The earlier trios were Peterson and two accompanists, but this group was truly an ensemble.

Keywords: jazz; bebop; ensembles; music; trios; bands; Bud Powell; Max Roach; Curly Russel

Chapter.  12778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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