“In the Crack” to “Totally Outside”: Avant-Garde Bands

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI:
“In the Crack” to “Totally Outside”: Avant-Garde Bands

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This chapter discusses the avant-garde or experimental bands studied. In these types of bands, Andrew Hill and William Parker deconstruct boundaries between composition and improvisation, further elevating the musical freedom of their musicians. Andrew Hill began to explore “the crack” between composition and improvisation in his earliest recordings as a leader in the 1960s. Hill also works stylistic and social boundaries, bringing together experimental musicians such as Eric Dolphy and more traditional modernists such as Kenny Dorham. William Parker, though of a later generation, was attracted to the radical avant-gardism of the Black Arts movement of the 1960s. As a youthful bassist coming up in the early 1970s, he participated in Jazzmobile classes and workshops in Harlem, and eventually went to work with the pianist Cecil Taylor.

Keywords: avant-garde bands; experimental bands; Andrew Hill; William Parker; musical improvisation; musical freedom; Black Arts movement

Chapter.  11404 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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