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.
... Dexter Gordon (Resurgence) 330 PART FIVE: A MAINSTREAM MUSIC 38 Miles Davis (Kinds of Blues) 339 39 Gerry Mulligan (Beyond Cool) 355 40 Art Blakey (Jazz Messenger) 365 41 Billie Holiday (Lady of Pain) 368 42 Modern Jazz Quartet (The ...
... Hanby's “Darling Nellie Gray" (1856). Part of the disc's power lies not in the talents of the performers, but in how they were perceived by audiences. The Mills Brothers, the most enduringly successful male quartet in American pop ...
... made the more dramatic by syncopations (especially in the second of two surviving takes); caressing, virtuoso fills behind the quartet; interpolated remark before the close (“Now, boys, what do you know about this?
No sooner does the quartet croon it straight than he suddenly turns the performance into a mock church service, entering like a deacon (“Now brothers!"), impaling every phrase on the precision of his caricature: “That's where my heart ...
In those twenty or so minutes of music, the richness of his low bleeding sound was perfectly captured, in part because he was recorded close-up, with a quartet as well as the larger ensemble. Watkins croons “St. Louis Street Blues,” an ...
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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