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Music, Reviewed Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer

Where some see jazz as a bop style that must be preserved, Vijay Iyer sees the form as a tradition of African-American experimentalism, open to and reshaped by the world's sounds. In the piano work of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell,…
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Music, Cannonball


When bebop revolutionaries challenged the jazz status quo in the '40s, their melodic and harmonic ideas were considered musical anarchy. Despite being denounced by many critics, musicians, and listeners, players like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell eventually prevailed…
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Music, Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker

The hipper-than-thou scholarship that fuels the jazz industry is both its savior and its bane. For self-styled hepcats and academics who long for comprehensive intimacy with a legendary figure like Charlie "Yardbird" Parker -- the postwar saxophonist largely responsible for…
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