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Hard BopJazz and Black Music, 1955–1965$
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David H. Rosenthal

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195085563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085563.001.0001

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The Last of Hard Bop

The Last of Hard Bop

(p.168) 10 The Last of Hard Bop
Hard Bop

David H. Rosenthal

Oxford University Press

Jazz today is a far cry from jazz of previous decades, when people were so into music. Nowadays, people turn to jazz, more often than not, just to dance and not listen to nuances and appreciate variety of musicians trying to blaze new trails of their own. IN the late 1940s and 1950s, the weakness of jazz was made more apparent by the sudden explosion of other forms of innovative black music, which shaved off jazz's following, already much diminished by rock. The brewing scene of soul music drew jazz crowds away from the genre. Not that soul was able to fully capture black listeners, because it came to alienate them because of its growing “whiteness.” However, instead of trying to recapture the audience that it was losing, jazzmen continued to flounder, instead trying to attract white listeners or playing predictably.

Keywords:   jazz, music history, hard bop, soul music, whiteness

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