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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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Hard Bop Heterodoxy: Monk, Mingus, Miles, and Trane

Hard Bop Heterodoxy: Monk, Mingus, Miles, and Trane

(p.132) 8 Hard Bop Heterodoxy: Monk, Mingus, Miles, and Trane
Hard Bop

David H. Rosenthal

Oxford University Press

Four superbad jazzmen, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane, were the embodiment of jazz that is at once earthy and exalted. These four giants were superbad because they tried to work out a jazz style that was their own, shaking off tired bebop clichés, breaking free from traditional jazz harmonies and changing a few things that did not fit with the personal ways they wanted to leave a stamp on the genre. These four musicians had their own styles, but in the idea that jazz could not be created by sticking to a formula, they were united. These four musicians would go on to influence many, many artists and contribute significantly to the already multilayered art form that is jazz music.

Keywords:   Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, jazz music, jazzmen

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