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.
"Visions of Jazz: The First Century is a massive attempt to encompass the music from its earliest beginnings ... the essays are superbly written, manifest examples of the manner in which the best writing about jazz combines historical ...
—Publishers Weekly “As jazz celebrates its centenary, Giddins has given it, and those who love it, the perfect birthday present." —Andrew Vine, Yorkshire Post (Leeds) “His fascination and ardour show through on every page, ...
Cornetist to Queen Victoria Falls Dead on Hearing Coney Island Jazz Band. —headline (1926), The New York Times Jazz is the expression of protest against law and order, the bolshevik element of license striving for expression in music.
Shortly after I began writing about jazz, in the early '70s, I had the occasion to visit a formidable English jazz historian. We had hardly crossed his threshold when he asked me, “What kind of jazz do you like?
The entrepreneur George Wein, who invented the annual jazz festival, recently said, “There are probably 2000 jazz festivals now. It's a reaction against rock—jazz is a good word and cities will give money to subsidize jazz festivals, ...
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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