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.
By way of explaining his penchant for speaking his songs, Williams claimed to have mistreated his voice when touring in minstrel shows. The lamentable sound of battered 78s combined with his monologist's style makes for tough going.
Soon they were touring the country, recording prolifically (teaming up with such white stars as Bing Crosby, the Boswell Sisters, and Al Jolson), and appearing in films and on network radio. With only one change in personnel (brother ...
Berlin accepted an invitation to visit England on a vaudeville tour, billed grandly if inaccurately as the King of Ragtime. The night before he opened in London, in a panic to present new material, he wrote “That International Rag,” and ...
... Will Marion Cook provided Europe with a taste of genuine African American music when he took his Southern Syncopators Orchestra (with Sidney Bechet) overseas. But Berlin's triumphant tour had paved the way, exemplifying one of the ...
The book traces the romance of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, stars of the Buffalo Bill touring company. That might seem a slim peg on which to hang genesis, yet it contains the parallel truths and illusions of the ...
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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