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Jazz MattersSound, Place, and Time since Bebop$
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David Ake

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266889

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266889.001.0001

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Sex Mob and the Carnivalesque in Postwar Jazz

Sex Mob and the Carnivalesque in Postwar Jazz

(p.54) Three Sex Mob and the Carnivalesque in Postwar Jazz
Jazz Matters

David Ake

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the carnivalesque, which is one of jazz's “lower” manifestations, and is largely derived from literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin. Bakhtin believed that the carnivalesque can help people understand or make sense of the improper outbursts in the supposedly serious setting of recent jazz, while it also reveals other meanings and practices which are common throughout the genre. The chapter focuses on several sounds and images offered by the band Sex Mob, and shows how a carnivalesque aesthetic still persists in modern times to stop the severe, elitist, or solipsistic attitudes of modern jazz.

Keywords:   carnivalesque, Mikhail Bakhtin, modern jazz, Sex Mob, carnivalesque aesthetic

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