Ed Bland Scores and Sound Recordings

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
Date: 1984-2004
Extent: 1 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Considered by some Hip-Hoppers to be the great grandfather of Hip-Hop, because of the confrontational quality of his musical film work, Ed Bland has left his mark in several fields. In the late 30s in Chicago, Bland began music as a jazz protégé eventually composing atonally, using Schoenberg's 12-tone system. In 1959, he produced the first Hip-Hop film, "The Cry of Jazz." Bland used the early music of Sun Ra and his Arkestra in the soundtrack of the film. Bland's synthesis of three canons of music, Western, Jazz and West African Drumming, made it possible for him to work as composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator in the recording, and film industries. In the '90s, after years composing, arranging and producing in the record industry, many of Bland's efforts were sampled by Hip-Hop artists including Fat Boy Slim and Cypress Hill.

Scope and Content Note:
Scores in these and other archival collections may be searched by composer, title of work, instrumentation and more through the CBMR database: http://cbmr.cuadra.com/star/cbmrstar.html.

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