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.
... on the Puritan work ethic (“Sit Down and Smoke While You Joke, It's Okay—the WPA"); Don Redman's gently lubricious “Cherry"; the scat-filled call to dancers, “Boog It," with its descriptive verse (“You do like shinin' a window.
By the time Crump was elected, the piece had established a following for itself and for Handy's band in the dance halls of Memphis. He faced two problems in getting it published. The first was easily resolved—what with Crump in charge, ...
In the chorus, he explained how all Europe lost its dignity while dancing to “a raggedy melody full of originality," the ... As Armstrong was to jazz or Griffith to film or Joyce to fiction or Balanchine to dance or, for that matter, ...
At the close of that evening—which presented Vernon and Irene Castle dancing to “The Syncopated Rag," a splashy number (seventeen pages of music) called “Opera Burlesque,” and a new kind of song, “Play a Simple Melody,” in which ...
Those songs circled the globe as ambassadors of the American temperament; accelerated and in some instances engendered the careers of singers, dancers, and bandleaders; became emblematic of their native turf. One thinks of the parallel ...
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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