New Book: Creative Improvised Music: An International Bibliography of the Jazz Avant-Garde, 1959–Present / by John Gray (Black Music Reference Series; v. 9) (656 p., cloth). ISBN: 9780984413485

Posted by Rudolf Kraus

The author Mr. Gray wrote me, November 2018: (quote)
I am going to be including citations on Gy. Szabados in a new book-length bibliography on the international jazz avant-garde and would like to include a link to your site.”

Now the book has been published and the section referring to György Szabados see here:


About the book:


About the book:

For almost three decades Fire Music, the author’s acclaimed 1991 bibliography, has been the standard reference work on the jazz avant-garde. Now, at long last, we have its companion. Comprised of entirely new material, Creative Improvised Music offers users a comprehensive guide to the voluminous literature which has emerged on the American free jazz and European free improvisation movements since the 1990s.

This new edition is organized into three easy to navigate sections—General Works, Regional Studies, and Biographical and Critical Studies—allowing users to quickly access the information they need. It also includes a detailed subject index providing a key to all of the book’s sections and another way to pinpoint citations by topic, geographical location, personal name, and instrument.

Major highlights include:

  • Comprehensiveness. Offers more than 5500 annotated entries on print, digital and archival materials published between 1991 and 2018 as well as a wealth of older material and audio-visual works not found in Fire Music

  • Linguistic diversity. Provides in-depth coverage of the literature in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian

  • Enhanced coverage of European sources, many not indexed anywhere else

  • Indexes key experimental music and jazz periodicals, both print and digital

  • Broader examination of topics such as gender and race, politics and religion/ spirituality and their impact on jazz since 1960

  • Detailed examination of local and regional scenes, both in the U.S. and Canada and in European hubs such as the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands

  • Exhaustive bio-critical section documenting the work of nearly 1000 improviser-composers, ensembles, and collectives along with a select number of record producers, jazz poets, and others. These range from icons such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sun Ra to recent voices such as Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey and Taylor Ho Bynum.

An essential resource for all jazz researchers, educators and librarians.

The author is veteran bibliographer John Gray whose previous works include Music of Sub-Saharan Africa, Hip-Hop Studies and more than a dozen other titles on expressive culture of Africa and the African diaspora. His work Baila! A Bibliographic Guide to Afro-Latin Dance Musics from Mambo to Salsa was the recipient of the 2015 Vincent H. Duckles Award (for best book-length bibliography or reference work published in 2013) from the Music Library Association.

Pub. date: July 15 2019.

To order please visit the ADP website: The book is also available through most library vendors, e.g., Yankee Book Peddler and Coutts (US) and Dietmar Dreier and Erasmus (Europe).