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.
in The Jazz Singer and suffering through his lament “Sonny Boy” in The Singing Fool (a dreadful concoction that, benefiting from the first film's publicity and the increased number of theaters wired for sound in 1928, remained the top ...
... figure of Williams, in his tattered top hat and tails, almost always covered in cork, held the key to entertainment's mansion, especially in his many years as a Follies headliner, singing, after a fashion, mocking comic monologues.
Perhaps the live performance was shelved because Cantor occasionally leaps off-mike when singing. But the music is less evocative than the recitation, an expansive and moving reminiscence of a career that began in 1910.
... the son of a cantor, left home in adolescence to travel the country singing in music halls and Presley, also from a religious family, found himself in Negro blues); each was an obsessive mother lover; each chose to live in isolation ...
By 1937, seventy-two years after the Civil War, songs of the nineteenth century had long since become a staple of recording sessions not only because they appeared to tame black performers into a new kind of servility—singing pro-slave ...
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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