Jazz Greatsby David Perry
Dubbed by Bernstein as 'the only original American art form', jazz is the epitome of spontaneous musicianship. Its development is traced here through the lives of nine great jazz-men: Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. The fascination of their story lies not only in an account of musical innovation, but in the rich social history to which their work bears witness.
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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.