Program 603: African-American Experimentalists
KALW Broadcast Date: June 5, 2020 | Host: Mark Abramson
Like so many Americans we at Other Minds have been reeling from the trauma our country is going through in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. We’re sad, we’re angry, and worse, no longer shocked by this kind of blatant racism. Our country is built on racist systems of control, and it’s up to all of us to change that. If you think about the most famous names in new music, you’re likely to come up with John Cage, Philip Glass, Morton Feldman, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk. The list is almost completely lacking in artists from marginalized communities. Many of the greatest achievements in music history belong to the black community, including the invention of entire genres. Tonight we present a small sampling from the panoply of boundary-defying innovations made by black artists in the field of experimental music.
Track Info & Links
Title: Driva’ Man (1960)
Composer: Max Roach & Oscar Brown, Jr.
Performers: Max Roach, drums; Abbey Lincoln, vocals; Booker Little, trumpet; Julian Priester, trombone; Walter Benton, tenor saxophone; Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone; James Schenk, bass
Recording Title: We Insist (1960)
Record Label: Candid
Catalog Number: CJS 9002