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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... Monk (Rhythm-a-ning) 308 34 Bud Powell (Strictly Confidential) 318 35 Chico O'Farrill (North of the Border) 324 36 Stan Kenton (Big) 327 37 Dexter Gordon (Resurgence) 330 PART FIVE: A MAINSTREAM MUSIC 38 Miles Davis (Kinds of Blues) ...
The roll of active musicians under the age of forty in 1960 included Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Horace Silver, Ornette Coleman, Erroll Garner, Cecil Taylor, ...
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 ...
I hasten to note that some such critics can relate Miles Davis to Stockhausen or David Murray to Sly Stone with an authority and insight I sadly lack. We are all of us, to one degree or another, overwhelmed.
The chords had become highly sophisticated, sometimes to the point of virtually disguising the tonicsubdominant-dominant relationship (an especially favorite ploy of Miles Davis's, for example, “Sippin' at Bells,” “Israel,” “Footsteps") ...
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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