and the Afrocentric "Jazz" Evolution
||Karlton E. Hester
and the Afrocentric "Jazz" Evolution (Global Academic
Publishing, 2004) is Karlton Hester's monumental "jazz"
history publication, which traces the history of the music from its
African roots to the present, including an entire first chapter on
African music. The book includes a CD-ROM with discography, biographies,
and an assortment of other teaching aides and research materials.
Hester's Ph.D. dissertation The Melodic and Polyrhythmic Development
of John Coltrane's Spontaneous Composition in a Racist Society
has been published by Edwin Mellen Press (1997) and marks a landmark
achievement in Coltrane scholarship and research.
I found it engaging, challenging, enlarging and setting a new standard
for the Twentieth First Century Jazz authors. This text book is
written by an insider, not as an observer sitting at a table in
audience trying to understand what is happening on stage."
--- Donald Byrd, December 2002
book] is wonderfully researched and painstakingly accurate. A joy
to read and learn something about Jazz outside of its New Orleans