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

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306807121
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 540
  • Sales rank: 1,431,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.29 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface: Definitions
Forebears: The Birth and the Blues 1
Mr. Satch and Mr. Cros: Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby 23
The First Generation: The Late Twenties and Early Thirties 50
Cult of the White Goddess: Mildred Bailey, Conee Boswell, and Lee Wiley 68
Sing Me a Swing Song!: Canaries of the Hellenic Era 91
Lady Day and Lady Time: Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald 126
Brothers and Sisters: The Early Hot Vocal Groups 154
The Conquest of the Crooners: Pop Singing in the Postwar Era 185
Modernism 1: Sing a Song of Bebop 223
Modernism 2: Ballads, Baritones, and B. 251
Modernism 3: Torme, O'Day, and the Vo-Cool School 279
Sinatra!: And Other Swingin' Lovers 312
Singing Horns: Jack Teagarden to Chet Baker 342
Revolt of the Philistines: Problems and Answers in the Sixties 371
Present Tense: The Past Predicted, the Future Re-created 399
Selected Discography: Future Definitions 433
Acknowledgments: "Additions to Further Definitions" 487
Index 489
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