Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond

Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond

by Will Friedwald
     
 

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This comprehensive study of jazz singing is a revelation to anyone who owns at least one jazz recording and a must for the serious jazz enthusiast. Friedwald traces the growth and development of jazz, discusses performers who have never been thought of as jazz singers, and looks at contemporary artists who have incorporated jazz into their music. 16-page insert.

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This comprehensive study of jazz singing is a revelation to anyone who owns at least one jazz recording and a must for the serious jazz enthusiast. Friedwald traces the growth and development of jazz, discusses performers who have never been thought of as jazz singers, and looks at contemporary artists who have incorporated jazz into their music. 16-page insert.

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Library Journal
The exhaustive research, useful discographies, and absence of a comparable study on the subject assures this work a place in many collections, but the eccentricities of style and the labyrinth of facts make it, at best, a difficult read and, at worst, annoying. Those with only a casual knowledge of the subject might find themselves lost in the sudden shifts from figure to figure and might also fall easy prey to the author's flippant dismissal of certain performers whose work he holds in undisguised contempt. To become what it pretends to be, this work needs a big infusion of objectivity and an editor with as big an aversion to the parenthetical phrase as Friedwald has to the Ink Spots.-- Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll., N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306807121
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
540
Sales rank:
1,333,115
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.29(d)

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Meet the Author

Will Friedwald is the author of The Warner Bros. Cartoons, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, and Sinatra! The Song Is You.

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