Author’s latest book looks at jazz and link to religion


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Many listeners of jazz speak of their first encounter with the music in terms of a conversion experience.One hears stories, from listeners and musicians, of a particular recording or performance that drew them into the music, and transformed their way of listening.

Jason C. Bivins writes of that kind of experience in the acknowledgements section of his new book “Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion” (Oxford University Press, $29.95). He first “started to fall for jazz via those Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk records,” Bivins writes.

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