Jazz Since 1960
|Charles Mingus - Free Jazz|
As emerging new styles joined without replacing established trends in jazz, the jazz experience increased in complexity and sophistication, although hardly in popularity. From the time bebop entered the fray - well before rock and roll swept the popular music industry off its feet - jazz has belonged as much to the classical as to the popular music world. Jazz pianist, composer, and scholar Billy Taylor refers to jazz, in fact, as American's classical music.