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John Coltrane & Black America's Quest for Freedom


235 pages
Oxford University Press
Edited by Leonard L. Brown

A timely exploration of Coltrane's sound and its spiritual qualities that are rooted in Black American music-culture and aspirations for freedom. A wide-ranging collection of essays and interviews featuring many of the most eminent figures in Black American music and jazz studies and performance - Tommy L. Lott, Anthony Brown, Herman Gray, Emmett G. Price II, Tammy L. Kernodle, Salim Washington, Eric D. Jackson, T.J. Anderson, Yusef Lateef, Billy Taylor, Olly Wilson, and George Russell - and containing a never-before-published interview with Elvin Jones, the book examines the full spectrum of Coltrane's legacy. Each work approaches this theme from a different angle, in both historical and contemporary contexts, focusing on how Coltrane became a quintessential example of the universal and enduring qualities of Black American culture.

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