Friday, March 17, 2006

Listening to Tim Berne's "Big Satan: I Think They Liked It Honey," I couldn't help but think that this was the continuation of bebop. I like to draw a division between the spirits of bebop and hard bop: the former being more intellectual and tending towards complexity, the latter being more physical and dance-based. This division is an arbitrary and conceptual one that does not intend to neatly cover everyone or really stand up to prolonged scrutiny, but only to organise thought for a while.

The elaborate, long and twisting lines and rhythms of Berne's, Marc Ducret's and Tom Rainey's music paralleled those of Charlie Parker or Sonny Rollins ("Oleo"). I'd also put, for example, Steve Coleman, on the bebop side of things.

The continuation of hard bop would lie in music closely based on electronic dance and hip hop rhythms.