Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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These two compilations take very different approaches to understanding jazz. Keeping Time is a fairly traditional documentary history, using newspaper and magazine articles, interviews, and excerpts from autobiographies and secondary accounts. After explaining the early years of the music, Walser, chair of musicology at UCLA, provides fascinating material dealing with the jazz age in the 1920s, swing in the Thirties, and bebop in the Forties. The book is less convincing on the hard-bop 1950s, provides very little information on the avant-garde in the next decade, and largely ignores Seventies fusion. It ends with an excellent outline of the Wynton Marsalis-led return to traditionalism in the 1980s and a more general, less satisfying examination of jazz today. The Jazz Cadence of America attempts to show the reciprocal effects of jazz and American culture on each other. After dealing with definitions of "jazz," O'Meally (American literature, Columbia; Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, LJ 11/1/91) traces the place of jazz in American society; the influence of the music on painting, architecture, photography, film, and dance; jazz history from different perspectives; and the impact of jazz on literature. Some sections provide fascinating insights into the relationship of jazz to the other arts, especially painting and literature. However, the book seldom shows the connection between jazz and American society or the effect of other aspects of American culture on jazz. Despite obvious flaws, The Jazz Cadence offers an innovative approach to understanding jazz within a larger social context. Complementing each other with little overlap, these two compilations are recommended as classroom texts.--David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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"No other source than Keeping Time gives such a rich choice of material relating to the social, cultural, historical, and economic conditions of jazz."—Peter Winkler, Stony Brook University

"The single most valuable jazz-history resource (print or otherwise) available today."—David Ake, University of Nevada, Reno

"Walser offers a much greater range of ideas and topics and a more solid critical approach [than other collections on jazz]."—Geoffrey Block, University of Puget Sound

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195091731
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/19/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Edited by Robert Walser, Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University

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Table of Contents

Preface

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    A Fascinating Collection of Primary Sources

    This book is an amazing collection of articles, interviews, and reviews relating to Jazz. The documents date from throughout the twentieth century (the earlier ones are especially fascinating), and the whole book is eminently readable. If you have an interest in Jazz, or even merely in history or sociology, I highly recommend it.

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