The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Steve Isoardi

The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles

University of California Press
Publication date: March 2006
ISBN: 9780520932241
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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""Isoardi has done a wonderful job collecting oral histories and integrating them into an engaging, sophisticated, and highly readable book. He provides great insight into the artistic goals, political aspirations, internal conflicts, and social terrain that shaped the experiences of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. He shows us quite clearly that jazz musicians continued to work within and gain sustenance from working class black communities long after the moment when some observers deemed the music irrelevant to them.""â¿¿Eric Porter, author of What Is This Thing Called Jazz? ""In these pages, Horace Tapscott says to the audience, 'This is one more you wrote through us.' And this is what Steve Isoardi has done here: given voice to the nearly lost history of a revolutionary community movement through its key players. Epic in scope, dazzling in detail and sensual as any Coltrane solo, this rare bookâ¿¿informative, intimate, lyrical, scholarly, nuanced, and essentialâ¿¿reads like no history book you've read before.""â¿¿Chris Abani, author of GraceLand and Becoming Abigail ""The Dark Tree is just wonderful. One cannot understand the history of black arts on the West Coast without a thorough assessment of this movement; Isoardi knows this history so well, and tells a much bigger story. The book does a fantastic job of capturing the nitty gritty nature of the music scene, and of resurrecting local figures in the Arkestra who have never gotten any press for their astounding musicianship. This is a remarkable book.""â¿¿Robin Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination ""This is a revelatory document, virtuosically combining scholarship and oral history to connect the dots of African American music on the west coast. Far more than a mere historical 'overdub' of an underdocumented scene, this book disrupts the mythic notions of jazz history, showing instead how music and community unfold as one. Both a celebratory and a cautionary tale, it also delivers some of the most frank and eye-opening musicians' accounts since Arthur Taylor's Notes and Tones.""â¿¿Vijay Iyer, musician/composer, New York City
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The Dark Tree

This eBook by Isoardi is not just well researched, but well-travelled. The L.A. jazz scene is unravelled during perhaps its most defining years, when the parallel movements in forward thinking and abolishment of backward, negative ideologies gave music an obvious thrust.
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