Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination/La Combinacion Perfecta

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Latin jazz-the perfect combination of Latin rhythms and hot jazz phrasing-energizes audiences like no other music.. As part of the Smithsonian Institutions series of major exhibitions on jazz music, Latin Jazz traces the musics roots and routes, from the Caribbean to New Orleans and the clubs of New York City to its booming international popularity today. More than 100 rare photos from the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s show musicians and audiences in full swing, along with dozens of album covers and posters from the ...
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Overview

Latin jazz-the perfect combination of Latin rhythms and hot jazz phrasing-energizes audiences like no other music.. As part of the Smithsonian Institutions series of major exhibitions on jazz music, Latin Jazz traces the musics roots and routes, from the Caribbean to New Orleans and the clubs of New York City to its booming international popularity today. More than 100 rare photos from the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s show musicians and audiences in full swing, along with dozens of album covers and posters from the heyday. Stories told by the greats who were there, such as Mario Bauz and Cal Tjader, convey all the zest for life that has made the music so exciting, and contributions by renowned musicians Andy Gonzlez and Al McKibbon attest to its legacy. With all text in both English and Spanish, Latin Jazz is a spectacular and fitting tribute to this exciting musical fusion.
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A Cuban American professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine, Fernandez presents readers with a visually breathtaking and highly informative journey through the history of this hybrid musical genre, from its roots in New Orleans and Havana up to its present-day innovators. The art-book-size bilingual volume features two prefaces, one by renowned bassist Andy Gonz lez and another by Yale African culture professor Robert Farris Thompson, and an afterword by drummer Al MicKibbon. With more than 100 rare photos and album cover reproductions, it conveys all the vibrancy and style of the Latin jazz tradition, which makes it a fitting companion to Chronicle's 1999 Musica by music critic Sue Steward. Fernandez's scholarship is a little stronger than Steward's, though, particularly in the first half of the book, which covers the roots and early peak of the genre in the 1940s and 1950s. The second half, which meanders around the concept of drumming in Latin music (detouring through such periods as beatnik-era San Francisco) and concludes with a sketchy description of contemporary Latin jazz, is less satisfying. Still, the book does an excellent job of explaining difficult musical concepts drawn largely from anecdotal historical sources, and isn't afraid to include popular music like salsa and Santana's acid rock in the general framework of Latin jazz. Recommended for general and music libraries.
—Ed Morales, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780811836081
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Raul Fernandez is a professor of social sciences at the University of California at Irvine and an expert on U.S.-Latin American cultural relations. He lives in Orange, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 10
Roots and Routes 13
Soul of the People 43
The Latin Beat 73
Tradition and Innovation 105
Notes 135
Credits 137
Index of Musicians 138
Acknowledgments 140
Afterword 142
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