Books that confine themselves to the Jazz and Improvised realms, musicians and history:

Val Wilmer As Serious as Your Life: The Story of the New Jazz [1977]

John Litweiler The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958 [1984]

John Litweiler Ornette Coleman – The Harmolodic Life [1993]

John Szwed Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra [1997]

Ben Watson Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation [2004]

George E. Lewis A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music [2007]

Derek Bailey Improvisation: Its Nature And Practice In Music [1980]

Amiri Baraka, LeRoi Jones Blues People: Negro Music in White America [1963]

Amiri Baraka, LeRoi Black Music [1966]

John Zorn (Editor), Arcana: Musicians on Music [1999]

Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Free Jazz/Black Power [1974]

An international volunteer group of passionate and adventurous listeners and musicians dedicated to spreading the gospel of improvised music. Mostly via reviews of releases and concerts from all over the world.


Jazzword is devoted to the musical sounds that have developed since the late 1950s and often described as Free Music, Free Jazz, Energy Music, FreeBop or Avant-Garde.

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