Materials for Avant Garde Jazz

Here is the listening for next week. You will notice that there are two versions of Charles Mingus’s “Fables of Faubus”: one is the first one that was commercially released, the other is how Mingus and his band played the tune live.

Here is the article by George Lewis. Although I initially intended to give you the version available in The Other Side of Nowhere, this one is briefer, is easier to read on e-readers, and lacks the addendum that Lewis included when the essay was included in that edited collection. If you would like to read the version from The Other Side of Nowhere, please let me know.

For next week, there are many ideas to chew on. Those of you especially interested in elements of Afro-Futurism (i.e. Sun-Ra) should check out his film, Space is the Place (1974). Here it is in its entirety:

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