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Poetry, Proto-Rap and Soul: The Sounds of the Black Power Revolution

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised “The word ‘revolution’ has lost its edge in the 21st century. Advertisements inform us there’s a revolution in hair care or a revolutionary new driverless car. But when young Americans … Continue reading

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The Bridge – Sonny Rollins (1962)

“Between 1953 and 1959, the jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins released twenty-one full-length albums. This  kind of prolificacy seems absurd now, during an era in which new musical  material is meted out on a preordained, market-friendly schedule—a few  weeks of recording, … Continue reading

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The History of Spiritual Jazz: Hear a Transcendent 12-Hour Mix Featuring John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock & More

“Jazz has inspired a great many things, and a great many things have inspired jazz, and more than a few of the music’s masters have found their aspiration by looking — or listening — to the divine. But that doesn’t necessarily mean … Continue reading

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Aquarius Rising

A protester at a demonstration against the Vietnam War during the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968 “Certain years acquire an almost numinous quality in collective memory—1789, 1861, 1914. One of the more recent additions to the list is 1968. Its … Continue reading

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Torrential, Gut-Bucket Jazz

Ornette Coleman with Don Cherry at the 5 Spot Cafe, New York City, November 17, 1959 “It happened that on the day the great saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman died I was watching a preview of a recently salvaged film … Continue reading

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Mumbo Jumbo – Ishmael Reed (1972)

“Mumbo Jumbo is a 1972 novel by African-American author Ishmael Reed. Literary critic Harold Bloom cited the novel as one of the 500 most important books in the Western canon. Mumbo Jumbo has remained in print for 45 years, since … Continue reading

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Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble (1967)

“Philip Cohran is a Chicago mainstay who was part of Sun Ra’s band as a trumpeter from the ’50s until Ra left Chicago in 1961. He was also instrumental in helping to create the Association for the Advancement of Creative … Continue reading

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