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The Battle of the Five Spot - Ornette Coleman


151 pgs.
Wolsak and Wynn, Ltd., Publ.

In 1959, when the California saxophonist Ornette Coleman brought his quartet to New York's Five Spot Cafe, the music spurred a stormy controversy, and a struggle between old and new styles of jazz that has never quite subsided. David Lee explores this debate in terms of its relationships to social change and issues of power within arts communities, referring to such disparate sources as writer Norman Mailer, composer Leonard Bernstein, and sociologist Pierre Bourdieu.

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