A supreme love : the music of jazz and the hope of the gospel /

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IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press,, Downers Grove, Illinois, United States, p.xi, 206 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00799689, (OCoLC)fst02007100, African Americans, fast, Jazz, Music, Noirs américains, Religion, Religion., Religious aspects


Includes bibliographical references (181-189 pages) and indexes.Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Jazz and the Gospel -- Part I: Historical Context -- 1. A Long Way from Home: Slavery and Diaspora -- 2. Paternalism: Justifying Narratives -- 3. Bondage and Beauty: Life and Music During Slavery -- 4. Strength to Climb: The Gospel During Slavery -- Part II: Background Genres -- 5. Resilience: The Music of Strength -- 6. Go Down, Moses: Spirituals -- 7. Precious Lord: Moving to Gospel -- 8. Woke Up this Morning: The Blues -- Part III: Jazz Music -- 9. A Way of Life: How Jazz Came into Being -- 10. Jazz at Midlife: Bebop and Cool -- 11. Gospel in Jazz: The Christian Message in the Musicians and the Music -- 12. The Spirit of Jazz: Jazz and the Gospel Message -- 13. The Glories of Jazz: What's Not to Love? -- Appendix: Selected Jazz Recordings -- General Index -- Scripture Index."For practitioners and fans, jazz expresses the deepest meanings of life. Its rich history and its distinctive elements like improvisation and syncopation unite to create an unrepeatable and inexpressible aesthetic experience. But for others, jazz is an enigma. Might jazz be better appreciated and understood in relation to the Christian faith? In this volume, theologian and jazz pianist William Edgar argues that the music of jazz cannot be properly understood apart from the Christian gospel, which like jazz moves from deep lament to inextinguishable joy. By tracing the development of jazz, placing it within the context of the African American experience, and exploring the work of jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong, Edgar argues that jazz deeply resonates with the hope that is ultimately found in the good news of Jesus Christ. Grab a table. The show is about to begin." --