Fifties Jazz

The sound of a world in transition. As African Americans moved from Jim Crow to the ambiguous promise of the Civil Rights Movement, jazz envisoned the possibilities and reported on what was going on. Most of these albums are deeply grounded in the blues and gospel traditions, but you can hear hints of the glorious chaos of the Sixties waiting to happen. Scott Saul’s Freedom Is, Freedom Ain’t: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties tracks the transition.