Jazz at the Crossroads of Art and Popular Music Discourses in the 1960s

Authored by: David Brackett

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138231160
eBook ISBN: 9781315315805
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This chapter explores the themes of the margins/peripheries of jazz via a detailed study of a rather narrow historical moment: 1965–1967. Through an analysis of jazz criticism, mass media discourse, and recordings, jazz is examined in relation to the populist form of African American music, R&B. Such a comparison enables an understanding of the role of cultural prestige and racial politics in the largely negative reaction of critics to the sub-genre, “soul jazz,” which my analysis positions as on the borderline between jazz and R&B.

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