God's Mind in That Music Theological Explorations Through the Music of John Coltrane

ISBN-10: 1620321564
ISBN-13: 9781620321560
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Description: As part of the growing literature on theology and the arts, God's Mind in that Music explores the substantial theological insight expressed in the music of jazz legend John Coltrane. Focusing on eight of Coltrane's pieces, themes under consideration  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

As part of the growing literature on theology and the arts, God's Mind in that Music explores the substantial theological insight expressed in the music of jazz legend John Coltrane. Focusing on eight of Coltrane's pieces, themes under consideration include lament (Alabama), improvisation (My Favorite Things and Ascension), grace (A Love Supreme), and the Trinity (The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost). By attending to the traditions of theology and of jazz criticism, and through a series of interviews with musicians, theologians, and jazz writers, Jamie Howison draws the worlds of theology and jazz into an active and vibrant conversation with each other. Built around a focused listening to John Coltrane's music as heard against the background of his life and social context, and interacting with the work of a range of writers including James Baldwin, Dorothee Soelle, Jeremy Begbie, and James Cone, God's Mind in that Music will be of interest not only to those interested in the intersection of music and theology, but also to Coltrane fans, students of jazz studies, and anyone who believes that music matters.

Foreword
Introduction
Listening Guide
Theology's Engagement with Music: An Overview
The Contested Story of Jazz: Competing Narratives, and Why They Matter
John William Coltrane: A Life in Outline
"My Favorite Things": On Improvisation 1
"Naima" and "Wise One": Love, Brokenness, and the Movement toward Peace
"Alabama": Lament
"A Love Supreme": Grace
"Ascension": On Improvisation 2
"The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost": Hearing an Icon of the Trinity
"Attaining": Peace/Shalom
In Memoriam
Bibliography
Index

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