These accents give the music a way of movement and make you want to dance. Listen to this traditional New Orleans commonplace known as “Second Line.” The melody is repetitive and really singable. Notice the banjo rhythms in the background, and take heed to the musicians break free from the melody into collective improvisations.
The bassist Charles Mingus can also be regularly associated with the avant-garde in jazz, though his compositions draw from myriad kinds and genres. Hard bop is an extension of bebop (or “bop”) music that incorporates influences from blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel, especially in saxophone and piano playing. Hard bop was developed in the mid-Fifties, coalescing in 1953 and 1954; it developed partly in response to the vogue for cool jazz in the early 1950s and paralleled the rise of rhythm and blues. Miles Davis’ 1954 efficiency of “Walkin'” at the first Newport Jazz Festival … Read More