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
From the Publisher

"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
Acknowledgments
First Accounts 1
1 Sidney Bechet's Musical Philosophy 3
2 "Whence Comes Jass?" 5
3 The Location of "Jass" 7
4 A "Serious" Musician Takes Jazz Seriously 9
5 "A Negro Explains 'Jazz'" 12
6 "Jazzing Away Prejudice" 15
7 The "Inventor of Jazz" 16
The Twenties 23
8 Jazzing Around the Globe 25
9 "Does Jazz Put the Sin in Syncopation?" 32
10 Jazz and African Music 36
11 The 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
14 A Black Journalist Criticizes Jazz 57
15 "The Caucasian Storms Harlem" 60
16 The Appeal of Jazz Explained 65
The Thirties 71
17 What Is Swing? 73
18 Looking Back at "The Jazz Age" 77
19 Don Redman: Portrait of a Bandleader 80
20 Defining "Hot Jazz" 82
21 An Experience in Jazz History 86
22 On the Road with Count Basie 96
23 Jazz at Carnegie Hall 101
24 Duke Ellington Explains Swing 106
25 Jazz and Gender During the War Years 111
The Forties 121
26 "Red Music" 123
27 "From Somewhere in France" 129
28 Johnny Otis Remembers Lester Young 132
29 "A People's Music" 135
30 "Bop Is Nowhere" 151
31 "The Cult of Bebop" 155
32 "The Golden Age, Time Past" 171
33 The Professional Dance Musician and His Audience 179
The Fifties 193
34 Jazz in the Classroom 195
35 A Jazz "Masterpiece" 199
36 "Sonny Rollins and the Challenge of Thematic Improvisation" 212
37 "Beneath the Underdog" 223
38 Psychoanalyzing Jazz 234
39 An Appeal to the Vatican 238
40 America's "Secret Sonic Weapon" 240
41 "The White Negro" 242
42 Louis Armstrong on Music and Politics 246
The Sixties 251
43 Critical Reception of 253
44 "Jazz and the White Critic" 255
45 A Jazz Summit Meeting 261
The Seventies 295
46 Oral Culture and Musical Tradition 297
47 Jazz as a Progressive Social Force 302
48 Beyond Categories 305
49 The Musician's Heroic Craft 310
50 Creative Music and the AACM 315
The Eighties 325
51 "America's Classical Music" 327
52 "A Rare National Treasure" 332
53 The Neoclassical Agenda 334
54 Soul, Craft, and Cultural Hierarchy 339
55 "'It Jus' Be's Dat Way Sometime': The Sexual Politics of Women's Blues" 351
56 Miles Davis Speaks His Mind 365
57 A Music of Survival and Celebration 376
The Nineties 387
58 Who Listens to Jazz? 389
59 Free Jazz Revisited 395
60 Ring Shout, Signifying(g), and Jazz Analysis 401
61 Ferociously Harmonizing with Reality 410
62 Constructing the Jazz Tradition 416
Editing Notes 425
Select Bibliography 427
Index 439
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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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