Free Jazz / Black Power Book Reviewed

Source: All About Jazz.

Forty four years after its publication in French, Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli‘s thought-provoking, fiercely intellectual book Free Jazz/Black Power finally finds its way into English, thanks to Grégory Pierrot’s translation and the good folk at University Press of Mississippi. The four words of the title reference four histories that “in the 1930s or 1950s, did not seem like they could converge or interact.” Essentially then, Free Jazz/Black Power is a treatise on the confluence of avant-garde jazz and radical African American politics, with a piercing eye cast on the ideological discourse of (white) jazz criticism, which in the main panned free-jazz as so much jarring noise.