Visions of Jazz: The First Century
Oxford University Press, 1998 M10 22 - 704 páginas
Poised to become a classic of jazz literature, Visions of Jazz: The First Century offers seventy-nine chapters illuminating the lives of virtually all the major figures in jazz history. From Louis Armstrong's renegade-style trumpet playing to Sarah Vaughan's operatic crooning, and from the swinging elegance of Duke Ellington to the pioneering experiments of Ornette Coleman, jazz critic Gary Giddins continually astonishes the reader with his unparalleled insight. Writing with the grace and wit that have endeared his prose to Village Voice readers for decades, Giddins also widens the scope of jazz to include such crucial American musicians as Irving Berlin, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra, all primarily pop performers who are often dismissed by fans and critics as mere derivatives of the true jazz idiom. And he devotes an entire quarter of this landmark volume to young, still-active jazz artists, boldly expanding the horizons of jazz--and charting and exploring the music's influences as no other book has done.
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... and subversive chaos of sounds . . . it is a fashion and, as such, destined some day to disappear. —Igor Stravinsky Jazz is only what you are. —Louis Armstrong Contents Introduction 3 PART ONE: PRECURSORS 1 Bert Williams/Al Jolson.
Contents Introduction 3 PART ONE: PRECURSORS 1 Bert Williams/Al Jolson (Native Wits) 13 2 Hank Jones/Charlie Haden (Come Sunday) 19 3 Louis Armstrong/Mills Brothers (Signifying) 23 4 W. C. Handy (Birth of the Blues) 27 5 Irving Berlin ...
Even the orthodox genesis of Great Men—King Oliver begat Louis Armstrong who begat Roy Eldridge who begat Dizzy Gillespie who begat Miles Davis—has to be winnowed for these hot-spot surveys. Oliver goes because pre-electric records are ...
Not a bad thing, independence, which is what hooked many of us on art and jazz in the first place. Still, good fences make good neighbors and fat endowments so independence will always be under siege. Louis Armstrong and ...
My intention was to get away from the temporal and generic groupings—the King Oliver begat Louis Armstrong rendition. I have no quarrel with it, nor with the idea of jazz as a distinct art with a consistent body of work and decisive ...
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VISIONS OF JAZZ: The First CenturyCrítica de los usuarios - Kirkus
Giddins, a longtime Village Voice contributor and one of our most skillful jazz critics (Faces in the Crowd, 1992, etc.), offers a monumental work of ambition, an attempt to encapsulate a hundred ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - rocketjk - LibraryThing
Visions of Jazz is a collection of 49 essays, each one describing a different jazz musician or group, moving more or less chronologically through the 20th century. Giddins is a very good writer, which ... Leer comentario completo