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Gary Giddins' Post-War Jazz: An Arbitrary Road Map, 1968-1976

Gary Giddins' Post-War Jazz: An Arbitrary Road Map, 1968-1976

Playing tracks by

Jaki Byard, Tony Williams Lifetime, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Mary Lou Williams, Ornette coleman and more.

In part 3 I find myself disagreeing with Giddens' choices far more often than I'd agree. There is a lot of material in this one that is farther 'out' than my tastes, I find it a difficult listen, primarily due to the Cecil Taylor, and The Revolutionary Ensemble.

I would personally take issue with Giddens near disregard of the rich spiritual jazz and soul jazz traditions of this era in favor of an overemphasis on the avant garde. Only the excellent Art Ensemble of Chicago track even nods in that direction.

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