Keeping Time : Readings in Jazz History / Edition 1

Keeping Time : Readings in Jazz History / Edition 1

by Robert Walser
     
 

Drawing from contemporary journalism, reviews, program notes, memoirs, interviews, and other sources, Keeping Time lets you experience, first hand, the controversies and critical issues that have accompanied jazz from its very birth. In the end, the focus here remains on how the music works and why people have cared about it. Keeping Time will increase one's… See more details below

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Drawing from contemporary journalism, reviews, program notes, memoirs, interviews, and other sources, Keeping Time lets you experience, first hand, the controversies and critical issues that have accompanied jazz from its very birth. In the end, the focus here remains on how the music works and why people have cared about it. Keeping Time will increase one's historical awareness of jazz even as it provokes lively discussion among jazz aficionados, whether in clubs, concert halls, or classrooms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195091730
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
First Accounts1
1Sidney Bechet's Musical Philosophy3
2"Whence Comes Jass?"5
3The Location of "Jass"7
4A "Serious" Musician Takes Jazz Seriously9
5"A Negro Explains 'Jazz'"12
6"Jazzing Away Prejudice"15
7The "Inventor of Jazz"16
The Twenties23
8Jazzing Around the Globe25
9"Does Jazz Put the Sin in Syncopation?"32
10Jazz and African Music36
11The Man Who Made a Lady out of Jazz (Paul Whiteman)39
12"The Jazz Problem"41
13"The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"55
14A Black Journalist Criticizes Jazz57
15"The Caucasian Storms Harlem"60
16The Appeal of Jazz Explained65
The Thirties71
17What Is Swing?73
18Looking Back at "The Jazz Age"77
19Don Redman: Portrait of a Bandleader80
20Defining "Hot Jazz"82
21An Experience in Jazz History86
22On the Road with Count Basie96
23Jazz at Carnegie Hall101
24Duke Ellington Explains Swing106
25Jazz and Gender During the War Years111
The Forties121
26"Red Music"123
27"From Somewhere in France"129
28Johnny Otis Remembers Lester Young132
29"A People's Music"135
30"Bop Is Nowhere"151
31"The Cult of Bebop"155
32"The Golden Age, Time Past"171
33The Professional Dance Musician and His Audience179
The Fifties193
34Jazz in the Classroom195
35A Jazz "Masterpiece"199
36"Sonny Rollins and the Challenge of Thematic Improvisation"212
37"Beneath the Underdog"223
38Psychoanalyzing Jazz234
39An Appeal to the Vatican238
40America's "Secret Sonic Weapon"240
41"The White Negro"242
42Louis Armstrong on Music and Politics246
The Sixties251
43Critical Reception of253
44"Jazz and the White Critic"255
45A Jazz Summit Meeting261
The Seventies295
46Oral Culture and Musical Tradition297
47Jazz as a Progressive Social Force302
48Beyond Categories305
49The Musician's Heroic Craft310
50Creative Music and the AACM315
The Eighties325
51"America's Classical Music"327
52"A Rare National Treasure"332
53The Neoclassical Agenda334
54Soul, Craft, and Cultural Hierarchy339
55"'It Jus' Be's Dat Way Sometime': The Sexual Politics of Women's Blues"351
56Miles Davis Speaks His Mind365
57A Music of Survival and Celebration376
The Nineties387
58Who Listens to Jazz?389
59Free Jazz Revisited395
60Ring Shout, Signifying(g), and Jazz Analysis401
61Ferociously Harmonizing with Reality410
62Constructing the Jazz Tradition416
Editing Notes425
Select Bibliography427
Index439

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