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Crossing Bar Lines – The Politics and Practices of Black Musical Space - University Press of Mississippi
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Crossing Bar Lines: The Politics and Practices of Black Musical Space

James Gordon Williams


This book provides an interpretive framework for understanding how African American creative improvisers think of musical space. Featuring a Foreword by eminent scholar Robin D.G. Kelley, this is the first critical improvisation studies book that uses Black Geographies theory to examine the spatial values of musical expression in the improvisational and compositional practices of trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Ambrose Akinmusire, drummers Billy Higgins and Terri Lyne Carrington, and pianist Andrew Hill. Bar lines in this book serve as a notational and spatial metaphor for social constraints ... More

Keywords: musical space, Black Lives Matter, jazz improvisation, Black Geographies, Black feminist thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781496832108
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496832108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Gordon Williams, author
Syracuse University