“’How You Sound??’: Amiri Baraka Writes Free Jazz.”


Harris' essay examines the ways authors Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed translated elements of jazz-particularly free jazz-into literary expression. Baraka believed that free jazz captured what was most valuable in the black tradition and updated it to respond to contemporary phenomena. Harris makes reference to the authors' written work and to Baraka's actual spoken performances.


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1960s, African American literature, African American writers, Amiri Baraka, art, avant garde, Black music, Black tradition, blues, book excerpts, ethnicity, free jazz, identity, LeRoi Jones, noise, poetry, politics, race, radicalism