The African Undercurrent in Twentieth-Century Jazz Culture by Gerhard Kubik – The Syncopated Times


Jazz Transatlantic: The African Undercurrent in Twentieth-Century Jazz Culture, Volume I
by Gerhard Kubik (2017)
464 pages (approx.), 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 112 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
University Press of Mississippi
(www.upress.state.ms.us) $75.00 hardcover

The culmination of almost 60 years of field research and immense learning, Jazz Transatlantic is a remarkable contribution to the academic literature and a milestone achievement for Gerhard Kubik. To a degree never before achieved it distils what can be known of the African cultural and musical contribution to jazz.

Gerhard Kubik became interested in jazz as a teenager in Austria after World War II. He went on to become a prominent ethnomusicologist, cultural anthropologist, and psychoanalyst studying cultures in Africa…

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