music 111 W

  • Explain how avant-garde jazz departed from established notions of melody, harmony and rhythm – provide a clear example for each. What were the primary critiques leveled by jazz journalists and musicians against the avant-garde?
  • Explain how spiritualism, black nationalism, and musical complexity factored into the development of the jazz avant-garde – using clear examples, connect each with a specific musician.
  • Considering that fusion and avant-garde styles were initially viewed as radical departures from the existing tradition of jazz, how would you feel if your favorite musical artist(s) began exploring ideas that “challenged” you as a listener? Should artists publicly express their political views? Can you provide an example where you approve or disapprove of an artist making a political statement?
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