What is the difference between the evolution to Bebop from swing and the revolution in style that so disturbed people in the 1940s?
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What is the difference between the evolution of bebop from
swing and the revolution in style that so disturbed people
in the 1940s?
It's something that I thought a lot about in my book The
Birth of Bebop that was originally an idea that puzzled me
for many years until I realized that it was really pointing
to two different ways of thinking about what modern jazz
is. There's a sense among people that bebop is coming
directly from the Swing Era. There [are] ways in which you
could look at the innovations, musical innovations of
bebop: types of harmony, rhythmic gestures. All of these
things can be derived from people like – like in terms of
harmony you can see ways in which bebop harmony is coming
from people like Art Tatum, people like Coleman Hawkins, or
Duke Ellington and you can see the way in which the whole
musical drive of swing is pushing towards the music that we
later know as bebop.