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

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

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by Martin Williams, Williams
     
 

When it was first published in 1970, this lively and fascinating book was greeted with almost universal acclaim. The American Record Guide called it "the best one-volume of jazz we have," and the Jazz Journal praised it as "a brilliant study of the whole of jazz." Perhaps the greatest tribute was paid by Louis Armstrong himself who raved:

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When it was first published in 1970, this lively and fascinating book was greeted with almost universal acclaim. The American Record Guide called it "the best one-volume of jazz we have," and the Jazz Journal praised it as "a brilliant study of the whole of jazz." Perhaps the greatest tribute was paid by Louis Armstrong himself who raved: "it held Ol' Satch spellbound." Now thoroughly revised and expanded, the new edition of The Jazz Tradition offers readers a unique history of jazz, as seen through its greatest practitioners.
An original blend of history and criticism, this book explores the work of nearly two dozen leading musicians and ensembles that have shaped the course of jazz, from King Oliver's Creole Jazz band to the present day. Couched in the same readable, non-technical language that made earlier editions so popular, The Jazz Tradition adds new chapters on some of the more recent giants of jazz, performers like pianist Bill Evans, versatile horn player and saxophonist Eric Dolphy, and the World Saxophone Quartet, and considerably expands the chapter devoted to Count Basie. In addition, a foreword by Richard Crawford introduces the new edition, and the discographies on each performer have been fully brought up to date. Written by an author The Washington Post lauded as "the most knowledgeable, open-minded, and perceptive American jazz critic today," The Jazz Tradition belongs in the library of all lovers of this distinctly American sound.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195078169
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,027,885
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction: A Matter of Fundamentals3
2King Oliver: Father Figure9
3Jelly Roll Morton: Three-Minute Form14
4Sidney Bechet: First and Last43
5Louis Armstrong: Style Beyond Style48
6Bix Beiderbecke: The White Man's Burden6i
7Coleman Hawkins: Some Comments on a Phoenix71
8Billie Holiday: Actress Without an Act79
9Art Tatum: Not for the Left Hand Alone87
10Duke Ellington: Form Beyond Form94
11Count Basie and Lester Young: Style Beyond Swing115
12Charlie Parker: The Burden of Innovation132
13Thelonious Monk: Modern Jazz in Search of Maturity150
14John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet: Modern Conservative168
15Sonny Rollins: Spontaneous Orchestration179
16Horace Silver: The Meaning of Craftsmanship190
17Miles Davis: A Man Walking198
18Sarah Vaughan: The Meaning of Self-Discovery210
19Bill Evans: A Need to Know215
20Charlie Mingus: The Pivotal Instrument221
21John Coltrane: A Man in the Middle227
22Ornette Coleman: Innovation from the Source236
23Eric Dolphy: Step by Step249
24World Saxophone Quartet: Four in One254
25The Meaning of a Music: An Art for the Century260
Discographical Notes269
Index285

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