Black Music Research Journal

This journal offers articles on philosophy, aesthetics, history and criticism of black music.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring

Appropriating the Master's Tools: Sun Ra, the Black Panthers, and Black Consciousness, 1952-1973
In 1971 avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra was expelled from a house in Oakland, California, owned by the Black Panther Party (Szwed 1997, 330). It was the same year that he taught a course entitled "Sun Ra 171" in Afro-American Studies at the University...
Black Music and Writing Black Music History: American Music and Narrative Strategies
My aim in this paper is to draw attention to ways of writing American music history and to draw from its narrative approaches implications for black music research. In the process, I touch upon three subjects: narrative strategies for writing American...
Books and Articles on Black Music
Articles on Black Music in North America and the Circum-Caribbean in Major Music Journals, 1990-2007 Included in this bibliography are articles on music created by or performed by people who identify themselves as "black" and who are from North...
"Bridging the Gap": Creed Taylor, Grover Washington Jr., and the Crossover Roots of Smooth Jazz
"As jazz, his music is not very interesting. He is a capable but rather anonymous sounding player with an undistinguished sound on the tenor, occasional intonation problems on the soprano, and a determinedly low-keyed approach.... and at present the...
Editor's Introduction
This issue of Black Music Research Journal represents an important benchmark in the history of this publication. Since its inaugural issue in 2980, BMRJ has featured articles that treated the philosophy, aesthetics, history, and criticism of black...
Signs, Symphonies, Signifyin(g): African-American Cultural Topics as Analytical Approach to the Music of Black Composers
Considering the volume and strength of the recent work in black music scholarship, much work is still needed in many areas, particularly those of scholarly criticism, interpretation, and analysis of concert works by black composers. Certainly, turning...
The "Robot Voodoo Power" Thesis: Afrofuturism and Anti-Anti-Essentialism from Sun Ra to Kool Keith
In 1999 Alondra Nelson, then a graduate student in American studies at New York University, launched an online community dedicated to the study of what might be best described to the uninitiated as black science fiction. Nelson named the forum the...
Unequal Temperament: The Somatic Acoustics of Racial Difference in the Symphonic Music of John Powell
You know, composition is only one of my many interests. In time I hope to do my bit in helping to solve the race problem. --John Powell, interviewed in the Musical Courier, May 2, 1918 (Kushner 1984, 104) In 1924 the Congress of the United States...
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