Cookin': Hard Bop and Soul Jazz 1954-65

October 31, 2020
Cookin': Hard Bop and Soul Jazz 1954-65

The music journalist and author of Giant Steps offers ahistory of modern jazz evolutions pioneered by Art Blakey, DexterGordon and other greats.Following his earlier volume, Giant Steps, which gives readers acomprehensive overview of Bebop and free jazz from the mid-40s tothe mid-60s, Kenny Mathieson now explores the later years of themodern jazz era in greater depth. In Cookin', Mathiesonexamines thebirth and development of two of the most enduring and influentialjazz styles of the post-war era: hard bop and its related offshoot,soul jazz.Hard bop was the most exciting jazz style of its day and remainsat the core of the modern jazz mainstream even now. It drew on thetwin poles of bebop and the blues for its foundation, spiced upwith gospel, Latin and R&B influences. Mathieson looks at thefounding fathers of the form, Art Blakey and Horace Silver, andgoes on to trace the music through its peak decade.This updated edition of Cookin' includes a new chapter devotedto saxophonist and composer Jackie McLean."Mathieson's descriptions of what they brought to the bandstandand the recording studio are fondly graphic, in well-chosenphrases... It is extremely readable."—Jazz Review