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.
It's a well-played, conventional set that derives its distinction from themes loosely associated with Sunday ... Only a musician of exceptional maturity would be inclined to hold his technique at bay in theme statements that draw their ...
three banjoists in the circle (with Lawrence Marrero and George Guesnon), who used Lewis as a sideman with his Silverleaf Ragtimers and favored endlessly repeated polyphonic theme statements; Joe Watkins, whose easygoing drumming ...
That device is achieved with greater subtlety in “Dead Man Blues,” as a clarinet trio plays a charming theme alone and then again with the mild shading of a trombone. In the best of the Peppers, Morton makes you aware of the unique ...
“Burnin' the Iceberg" is more indigenous, a roaring blues that, after two stop-time choruses, changes into a sixteen-measure theme heightened by repetition and textural alterations. The bubbly octet “Little Lawrence" boasts a catchy ...
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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