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.
As someone who has long fought for the acceptance of repertory jazz (the establishment of institutional orchestras that interpret and reinterpret classic scores), I do not think so. But I worry about the marginalization of creative ...
... the guardians of musical morality are appalled by such latitude (Sartre's phrase, “to freedom condemned,” comes to mind) and mean to cleanse jazz of impurities transmitted through contact with the European classics, American pop, ...
The best of Berlin's original film scores was the 1935 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicle, Top Hat, which produced five instant classics: "Isn't This a Lovely Day?
... “Royal Garden Blues,” an instant classic, in 1918. Later that year, they set up shop in New York. Willie “The Lion” Smith once called Clarence the first big New Orleans influence to hit New York and credited him with giving a start ...
... “Poor House Blues” and “Thunderstorm Blues" (Waller and Razaf wrote the third). Armstrong, who made a point of recording songs by African-American writers, would soon ensure the classic stature of “Basin Street Blues,” “Mahogany ...
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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