A Power Stronger Than Itself: The A.A.C.M. and Experimental Music

I can always count on the NY Times Music section to enlighten, inform and add to the depth of my passion for music. For those of you who have a prurient interest in the jazz form, or if you’d like to develop that interest I urge you to read this article, “Four Decades of Music That Redefined Free”. Also take a look at the article’s side bar which features a dozen vital Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) jazz works both past and present that are certain to redefine your musical horizon.

As some of you know I minored in music in college and I was fortunate enough to have some of the best music scholars from Wesleyan University expand my consciousness about jazz, blues and world music. The NY Times article by Nate Chinen highlights a note worthy achievement that my former music professors would be raving about. Its very cool that George Lewis’s book represents AACM and it’s four decades of avant-garde jazz and musical creative genius contributions.

“A Power Stronger Than Itself: The A.A.C.M. and Experimental Music,” is a vitally important book by the trombonist-composer-scholar George Lewis from the University of Chicago Press
I bought this book as the era it spans is the same time frame when I discovered free form jazz. I will follow up on this music posting with a more comprehensive review after I have read and digested this work.

Should you be inclined and be in the NY City area. A concert and discussion tied to the publication of “A Power Stronger Than Itself” will be held on May 9 at the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, contact The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) New York
 for more details.

 

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