The Hidden in Plain Sight: An Examination of the American Arts / Edition 2

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Overview

The Washington Post has called Martin Williams "the most knowledgeable, open-minded, and perceptive American jazz critic today," and countless others share that sentiment. To Gary Giddins of the Village Voice he is "one of the most distinguished critics (of anything) this country has ever produced,: and Nat Hentoff has observed, "Martin Williams persistently gets at essences, and that is why he has contributed so much to the very small body of authentic jazz criticism."
A companion volume to his seminal, prizewinning The Jazz Tradition, this book is divided into four sections. The opening part is a collection of reviews and critiques of figures as diverse as Fats Waller and Count Basie, Bud Powell and Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald and the World Saxophone Quartet. The second section shows us musicians at work during rehearsals, recording dates, nightclub performances; these include Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Ornette Coleman. In a rare feature for a book on jazz, the third section brings together some of Williams's "liner notes"—record annotations from outstanding LP albums by musicians from Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver through Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins, and including Cecil Taylor. In the last section, Williams discusses some of the pboblems jazz has encountered as it has acquired intellectual and academic status, and there are some provocative comments on the black contribution to American musical theatre and whether or not the United States has a true folk music.
About the Author:
Martin Williams is the author of Where's the Melody?, Griffith: First Artist of the Movies, and TV: The Casual Art. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Village Voice, High Fidelity, Evergreen Review, Kulchur, Saturday Review, and The New York Times.

"A brilliant study of the whole of jazz."--Jazz Journal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195078169
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Martin Williams has written and edited a number of books on jazz and American culture. He has written articles for Harper's, The New York Times, Evergreen Review, Down Beat, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: A Matter of Fundamentals 3
2 King Oliver: Father Figure 9
3 Jelly Roll Morton: Three-Minute Form 14
4 Sidney Bechet: First and Last 43
5 Louis Armstrong: Style Beyond Style 48
6 Bix Beiderbecke: The White Man's Burden 6i
7 Coleman Hawkins: Some Comments on a Phoenix 71
8 Billie Holiday: Actress Without an Act 79
9 Art Tatum: Not for the Left Hand Alone 87
10 Duke Ellington: Form Beyond Form 94
11 Count Basie and Lester Young: Style Beyond Swing 115
12 Charlie Parker: The Burden of Innovation 132
13 Thelonious Monk: Modern Jazz in Search of Maturity 150
14 John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet: Modern Conservative 168
15 Sonny Rollins: Spontaneous Orchestration 179
16 Horace Silver: The Meaning of Craftsmanship 190
17 Miles Davis: A Man Walking 198
18 Sarah Vaughan: The Meaning of Self-Discovery 210
19 Bill Evans: A Need to Know 215
20 Charlie Mingus: The Pivotal Instrument 221
21 John Coltrane: A Man in the Middle 227
22 Ornette Coleman: Innovation from the Source 236
23 Eric Dolphy: Step by Step 249
24 World Saxophone Quartet: Four in One 254
25 The Meaning of a Music: An Art for the Century 260
Discographical Notes 269
Index 285
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