Visions of Jazz: The First Century

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Oxford University Press, 2000 M05 18 - 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.

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VISIONS OF JAZZ: The First Century

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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

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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

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Introduction
3
PRECURSORS
11
A NEW MUSIC
67
A POPULAR MUSIC
151
A MODERN MUSIC
231
A MAINSTREAM MUSIC
337
AN ALTERNATIVE MUSIC
437
A STRUGGLING MUSIC
527
A TRADITIONAL MUSIC
585
Acknowledgments
655
Index of Names
657
Index of Songs and Selected Albums
671
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Gary Giddins is the jazz critic for the Village Voice. He lives in New York City.

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