Jazz Greats

( 1 )

Overview

Jazz - dubbed by Leonard Bernstein as 'the only original American art form' - is the music of a subject people moving from the shadow of slavery towards social justice. Its fascination lies both in its musical innovations and in the rich social history to which it bears witness. That history is recounted here from its beginnings to the present day through the lives of twelve great jazz-men, each of whom mastered his musical heritage, and then added to it with a personal contribution. All of these musicians were ...
See more details below
Paperback (REV)
$13.08
BN.com price
(Save 12%)$14.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (27) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $3.28   
  • Used (20) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Jazz - dubbed by Leonard Bernstein as 'the only original American art form' - is the music of a subject people moving from the shadow of slavery towards social justice. Its fascination lies both in its musical innovations and in the rich social history to which it bears witness. That history is recounted here from its beginnings to the present day through the lives of twelve great jazz-men, each of whom mastered his musical heritage, and then added to it with a personal contribution. All of these musicians were great twentieth-century composers, but since jazz is essentially an improvised musical language - themes being merely a starting point for the solos which follow - it is in this sense that their composing must be understood. Their story can touch us all: classical music-lovers will come to appreciate the subtle complexities of jazz, and experience the beauty of its raw passion; in the context of popular culture, fascinating lines of development are revealed in the tales of suffering and quiet triumph - for jazz is inextricably linked with the history of American blacks from slavery to civil rights; jazz devotees, too, can learn more of these musicians' vivid world from the testimonies of key witnesses, many recorded here for the first time.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest entry in Phaidon's 20th-Century Composers series sketches the complicated history of this wholly American art form by examining the complicated lives of a few of its finest, and most well-known, practitioners. Unfortunately, Perry's short chapters find him glossing too much. While he doesn't glamorize the various drug habits and unruly lifestyles that were part and parcel of the jazz scene of previous decades, Perry's quick, friendly style does reduce such giants as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane to a few "significant" recording sessions and their already self-perpetuating legends. The question of whether Buddy Bolden's turn-of-the-century band was the first to play jazz will forever go unanswered, in spite of Perry's rehashing of an old tale. For all of his painstaking care with the facts, Perry doesn't deliver anything not already published elsewhere about Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus or Duke Ellington. Jazz Greats isn't apt to enlighten the fan whose record collection goes deeper than Miles Davis's classic sides with Parker or a couple of Sidney Bechet albums, but novices brought into the fold by the Marsalis brothers and their neo-traditional peers might be enlightened by dipping into Perry's selective discography at the book's end. (July)
Library Journal
Filmmaker and radio producer Perry profiles 12 musicians: Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis and, briefly, Ornette Coleman, Wynton Marsalis, and Keith Jarrett. Taking subjects that represent the entire history of jazz, though most flourished before 1960, he evaluates their careers and offers the standard biographical data. Although some of the photographs are rarely seen, much of this information is available elsewhere. Unfortunately, this book suffers greatly from careless editing. Misspelled (sometimes consistently) are the names of more than two dozen musicians, including Miles Davis, Billy Eckstine, Thelonious Monk, and Clark Terry. Flutist Herbie Mann is misidentified as a drummer, and Perry invents a musician called "Lee" Tristano. Such errors undermine not only Perry's credibility but also raise questions about the remainder of this series.Paul Alan Baker, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714832043
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Series: 20th Century Composers Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Ch. 1 The Origins of Jazz 7
Ch. 2 Buddy Bolden 25
Ch. 3 Satchmo 41
Ch. 4 Sidney Bechet 75
Ch. 5 The Duke 95
Ch. 6 Lester Young 127
Ch. 7 Charlie Parker 145
Ch. 8 Charles Mingus 169
Ch. 9 John Coltrane 185
Ch. 10 Miles Davis 199
Ch. 11 Coleman, Marsalis and Jarrett 221
Further Reading 231
Selective Discography 232
Index 235
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2000

    A Good Story of Jazz Musicians

    An elegant and engaging account written more as the story and progress of Jazz rather than the story of it's musical personalities. This book manages to triumph over all expectations and give us not only a book that engages and enlightens in it's chapters on such Jazz luminaries such as Satchmo, The Duke, and Miles Davis; but also analyzes the roots of this American art form. An interesting book with ample illustrations, this is a brilliant contribution to the history of Jazz.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)