Classic Jazz: The Musicians and Recordings That Shaped Jazz,1895-1933

Classic Jazz: The Musicians and Recordings That Shaped Jazz,1895-1933

by Scott Yanow
     
 

Classic Jazz explores the birth and early development of a truly American art form. Scott Yanow's insightful essays describe the very beginnings of jazz, as well as ragtime, early blues, and New Orleans jazz from 1895-1916. Jazz in the years 1917-1933 is examined in greatest detail, highlighting the careers and rating the recordings of the top performers of the day.… See more details below

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Classic Jazz explores the birth and early development of a truly American art form. Scott Yanow's insightful essays describe the very beginnings of jazz, as well as ragtime, early blues, and New Orleans jazz from 1895-1916. Jazz in the years 1917-1933 is examined in greatest detail, highlighting the careers and rating the recordings of the top performers of the day. Musicians covered include: Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Hoagy Carmichael, Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and dozens more. Also includes a listing of recommended books and videos on classic jazz, and 40 black-and-white photos.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Busy author/critic Yanow here makes his fourth contribution to Backbeat's "Third Ear" series (after Swing, Bebop, and Afro-Cuban Jazz), and it's an engrossing contribution to jazz literature. A key component is Yanow's obvious enjoyment and knowledge of the music. He writes in a gentle, conversational style, never succumbing to needless technicalities or diatribes and treating all the musicians fairly. Long-held stereotypes are demolished, and, consequently, readers will gain new perspectives on the early jazz era. For instance, Yanow's undogmatic entry on Paul Whiteman clearly indicates the importance of the Whiteman orchestra in developing many master musicians during the late 1920s. After an opening essay on the origins of jazz (1895-1933), the alphabetically arranged artist biographies cover both legends like Louis Armstrong as well as relatively unknown performers. These entries include commentary on available recordings, mostly on CD, which truly demonstrate Yanow's grasp of jazz. In another essay at the back of the book, he highlights the value of several specialty labels (e.g., Classics, JSP) that intelligently reissue a great amount of classic jazz and lists numerous "various artists" CD suggestions as well as sources for further study. The proliferation of band names (often used for only one recording session) calls for a detailed index, and that's just what Yanow provides. One quirk, however: occasionally, musicians (e.g., the Dodd brothers) mentioned in someone else's entry lack an entry of their own. In the end, this guide stands strongly on its own, and, when combined with Yanow's other entries in the series, provides especially authoritative commentary on jazz. Recommended for public, academic, and music libraries. William G. Kenz, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879306595
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Third Ear Series
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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