Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State
University of Texas Press, 2007 - 242 páginas
Jazz is one of America's greatest gifts to the arts, and native Texas musicians have played a major role in the development of jazz from its birth in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie to its most contemporary manifestation in free jazz. Dave Oliphant began the fascinating story of Texans and jazz in his acclaimed book Texan Jazz, published in 1996. Continuing his riff on this intriguing musical theme, Oliphant uncovers in this new volume more of the prolific connections between Texas musicians and jazz.
Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State presents sixteen published and previously unpublished essays on Texans and jazz. Oliphant celebrates the contributions of such vital figures as Eddie Durham, Kenny Dorham, Leo Wright, and Ornette Coleman. He also takes a fuller look at Western Swing through Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies and a review of Duncan McLean's Lone Star Swing. In addition, he traces the relationship between British jazz criticism and Texas jazz and defends the reputation of Texas folklorist Alan Lomax as the first biographer of legendary jazz pianist-composer Jelly Roll Morton. In other essays, Oliphant examines the links between jazz and literature, including fiction and poetry by Texas writers, and reveals the seemingly unlikely connection between Texas and Wisconsin in jazz annals. All the essays in this book underscore the important parts played by Texas musicians in jazz history and the significance of Texas to jazz, as also demonstrated by Oliphant's reviews of the Ken Burns PBS series on jazz and Alfred Appel Jr.'s Jazz Modernism.
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Christian first played string bass with the Dallas orchestra of Alphonse Trent , but
once he began to concentrate on the electric guitar , in his hands it became a
major jazz instrument , capable of long , flowing melodic improvisations filled with
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys , recording with the latter his own composition
, “ Steel Guitar Rag , ” during a session of September 29 – 30 , 1936 . 49 Again ,
McAuliffe ' s amplified steel guitar , like that of Dunn , is far from traditional jazz ...
I had fun and to me music was always music ; I didn ' t care what style it was as
long as I could handle it . " 12 More to the point is the solo electric guitar work of
Les Paul , who later achieved his greatest fame in 1951 with singer - guitarist
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