Jazz: Where Have All the Giants Gone

Source: Red Hook Star-Revue.

The great revolution in jazz was planted by Parker and the be-boppers, but it exploded in 1959 and has been ongoing since. That year the records included Kind of Blue, Free Jazz, Mingus Ah Um, and Time Out, the jazz equivalent of the Big Bang. We’ve been living in the music’s expanding universe for 60 years now, and jazz has incorporated free playing and the avant-garde in general, rock, funk, soul, electronics, hip hop, world musics, microtonality, and it just keeps going on. But all this music is contained within a social and economic universe that is only a tiny fraction of what it was when Max Roach went back into the studio and did the best thing he could do to honor Clifford Brown, which was to keep making music.