Younger Masters

Thomas Owens

in Bebop

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195106510
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853182 | DOI:
                   Younger Masters

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During the 1970s most young jazz musicians seemed to ignore both bebop and action jazz and learned fusion. In addition, many established beboppers switched to the new idiom. It seemed destined to become another music of the past, however, since most of the younger players were gravitating to action jazz or fusion, especially the latter. Bebop seemed to be primarily the idiom of players born between 1912 (Gil Evans) and 1943 (George Benson). However some younger players did go into bebop during those years. One of the finest was (and is) tenor saxophonist Peter Christlieb, who has a big, warm tone, great technical command of his instrument, and an ability to build superb extended solos. Tenor saxophonists Ernie Watts and Greg Herbert also played great bebop during that decade, though they played fusion as well. Alto saxophonist Richie Cole, who studied under Phil Woods, established a successful career playing Woods-inspired bebop.

Keywords: bebop; action jazz; fusion; Gil Evans; George Benson; Peter Christlieb; Ernie Watts; Greg Herbert; Richie Cole; musicians

Chapter.  3574 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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