By Kevin Fellezs

Birds of Fire brings late severe consciousness to fusion, a musical idiom that emerged as younger musicians mixed components of jazz, rock, and funk within the past due Sixties and Seventies. on the time, fusion was once disparaged by means of jazz writers and overlooked by means of rock critics. within the years when you consider that, it has become obvious as a commercially pushed jazz substyle. Fusion by no means did coalesce right into a style. In Birds of Fire, Kevin Fellezs contends that hybridity used to be its reason behind being. by way of blending various musical and cultural traditions, fusion artists sought to disrupt widespread limitations, cultural hierarchies, and important assumptions. reading the paintings of 4 exact fusion artists—Tony Williams, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, and Herbie Hancock—Fellezs highlights the ways in which they challenged conference within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. He additionally considers the level to which a musician will be taken heavily as an artist throughout divergent musical traditions. Birds of Fire concludes with a glance on the present actions of McLaughlin, Mitchell, and Hancock; Williams’s ultimate recordings; and the legacy of the fusion tune made via those 4 pioneering artists.

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