Dancing in Your Head: Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Beyond

Dancing in Your Head: Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Beyond

Gene Santoro


As song columnist for The Nation, Gene Santoro has tested himself as a massive new serious voice, capable of write good on a large spectrum of renowned tune and jazz with no wasting contact with the leading edge of modern-day song scene. approximately Nat "King" Cole, Santoro reviews: "adjectives cannot describe the swinging, ingratiating self-confidence laced with tenderness that colours Nat "King" Cole's making a song. His baritone/tenor is so ethereal and elemental, so palpably actual, it invitations you in, then surrounds you glowingly..." And at the hugely profitable rock band dwelling color, Santoro is not any much less evocative: "hardcore steel raveups slam into bluesy ballads and psychedelicized pop, lilting Caribbean inflections collide with hiphop scrambles of prerecorded fabric and touches of funk."
Dancing on your Head gathers Santoro's liveliest experiences and essays for the 1st time, introducing a clean and provocative point of view on a number of many years of musicians and their paintings. Santoro covers a large musical vista, from the mythical blues singer Robert Johnson to Public Enemy's debatable rap lyrics, from the lengthy operating conflict among blues and African American gospel to the rock iconoclast Neil younger, from the good James Brown to George Hay, the founding father of the Grand Ole Opry. Documenting the evolution of jazz, rock and roll, and rap, Santoro's observations are incisive, sincere, and reflective. Of his early publicity to Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Bela Bartok, Santoro feedback, "That experience of ask yourself and discovery is what occurs while you have been hit via art's fast vatic strength. It hasn't ever left me, has been touched and renewed by way of every one stumble upon i have valued." Santoro examines the endurance of tune legends Lou Reed, Eric Clapton, the thankful useless, and solar Ra, the freewheeling jazz artist who prefers to name himself a tone artist instead of a musician. distinctive highlights contain a number of items on Miles Davis; ebook experiences, together with one on Gunther Schuller's two-volume History of Jazz; a full of life and exact profile of the Neville Brothers; and a dialogue of jazz nice Ornette Coleman that compares him to Orson Welles and Charles Ives.
Taken jointly the items in Dancing on your Head study the historic roots of state-of-the-art renowned tune whereas delivering perception into performers and tendencies that dominate the present scene. Balancing a severe and old sensibility with an unharnessed enthusiasm for all varieties of tune, Santoro is a perfect consultant to the outdated and new.

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