Jazz Reflection 3

Jazz Reflection 3 - Ryan Linton Dr. Michelman 29 January...

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Ryan Linton Dr. Michelman 29 January 2007 Jazz History Common Misconceptions Concerning Bebop Musicians One of the things that stood out to me during the Bebop section of this class was the Walser reading entitled “The Cult of Bebop” by Dizzy Gillespie from his book To Be, Or Not…To Bop . In this excerpt, Gillespie challenges eleven of the myths about bebop from his time. It was interesting to see how he managed to negate certain myths while admitting that some of the myths were also partially true. Some of the myths along with the contrasting arguments are very interesting. Some critics of bebop said that the clothing the musicians wore was wild. Gillespie replies by saying that it was simply the style of the time. Another criticism is that bebop musicians tried to talk like “negroes” and spoke in mostly slang. Dizzy replies to this criticism by saying that many beboppers did speak in slang but it was only because one person would come up with a new word and it would spread. He said that they liked
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