Jazz and Jazz-Rock Fusion

in Genre in Popular Music

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780226350370
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226350400 | DOI:
Jazz and Jazz-Rock Fusion

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This chapter addresses the different dimensions of the jazz network in the mid 1950s. Jazz has appealed to cosmopolitan sensibilities and had shifting centers throughout its history, whereas country music has remained more tied to its home regions in the American South. The diversification of jazz continued after 1958, even within art jazz, where explorations of musical styles and concepts were leading in different directions. Facing symbolic and financial death is a structure of feeling in modern jazz history. Bitches Brew was the full entry into the rock era of a canonical jazz artist. It quickly sold over 500,000 copies and became the first big commercial success of rock-influenced jazz. The music on Bitches Brew articulated a new and more complex relation with popular music. Jazz was influenced to some extent by the folk revival and gradually became a more insular and elitist music as experimentation within art jazz escalated.

Keywords: jazz; country music; financial death; Bitches Brew; rock; popular music; folk revival

Chapter.  8667 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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