Setting the Tempo: 50 Years of Great Jazz Liner Notes

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Since the introduction of the long-playing record, some of the best writing about jazz has appeared on the backs of record covers. Over the years, jazz writers and prominent jazz musicians have annotated record albums with background on the musicians and the recordings, historical context and musical analysis. These annotations, or "liner notes," provide a window on the recording process, as well as intimate anecdotes and personal views of the musicians that have an immediacy and warmth rarely found ...
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Overview

Since the introduction of the long-playing record, some of the best writing about jazz has appeared on the backs of record covers. Over the years, jazz writers and prominent jazz musicians have annotated record albums with background on the musicians and the recordings, historical context and musical analysis. These annotations, or "liner notes," provide a window on the recording process, as well as intimate anecdotes and personal views of the musicians that have an immediacy and warmth rarely found elsewhere—setting the tempo, in a sense, for the listener's appreciation of the music.

Jazz liner notes, both for new releases and classic material, comprise a rich and vibrant genre of jazz writing that has never been collected—until now. In Setting the Tempo, author and jazz authority Tom Piazza presents fifty of the finest and most distinctive notes from the beginning of the genre, in the 1940s, through the present. Among them are Duke Ellington's moving reminiscences of stride piano master James P. Johnson, brilliant impressions of John Coltrane by poet Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka); bass virtuoso and composer Charles Mingus's harrangue against his critics, composer Gunther Schuller's extrordinary story of locating Charlie Parker's alto saxophone teacher, and meditations on different meanings of freeedom in jazz by pianist Bill Evans and alto innovator Ornette Coleman. Stanley Crouch, Dan Morgenstern, Ira Gitler, and Ralph J. Gleason and other critics are also represented by some of their strongest work.

A mosaic history of jazz as seen through the occasions of its signal recordings and the sensibilities of some of its foremost observers, Setting theTempo is one of the most lively collections of jazz writing ever assembled.
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Fordham, who has written several jazz books including Jazz Man (Trafalgar, 1996), offers a collection of his journalism published in British periodicals between 1970 and 1995. These reviews feature contemporary American and British performers and vary in length from a few paragraphs to several pages. Because the majority were written on deadline and within space limits, Fordham had little opportunity for development. And because the reviews often cover multiple performances over the decades, material on a given musician tends to be scattered across the book. But Fordham's sharp critical mind and entertaining style hold one's attention, making such limitations forgivable. Where Fordham collects his own journalism, Piazza (The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz, LJ 3/1/95) has brought together lengthier essays by many different writers. And while Fordham focuses on living musicians, Piazza's essayists discuss recordings made during the first half of the century. This selection of 49 liner notes includes two of his own essays, but the bulk were written by critics he considers among "the best writers in the field," including Dan Morgenstern, Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, and many more. A few were written by musicians themselves. Commenting on recordings from Bunk Johnson up through the revolutionary Ornette Coleman, these essays offer substantial historical information, some musical analysis, and many anecdotes. All things considered, Setting the Tempo may better serve as a reference work and for general readers, while Shooting from the Hip best addresses readers already knowledgeable about jazz and interested in the British scene.Paul Alan Baker, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385480000
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Chicago Jazz (Decca) 9
New Orleans Jazz (Decca) 25
Frank Teschemacher/Chicago Style Clarinetist (Brunswick) 51
Bunk Johnson/Bunk Johnson and His Superior Jazz Band (Good Time Jazz) 61
Buster Smith/The Legendary Buster Smith (Atlantic) 69
Duke Ellington/Ellington at Newport (Columbia) 80
Booker Ervin/Setting the Pace (Prestige) 86
Barry Harris/Barry Harris Plays Barry Harris (Xanadu) 93
Pee Wee Russell/Memorial Album (Prestige) 105
Coleman Hawkins/The Hawk Flies (Milestone) 111
Al Cohn and Zoot Sims/Body and Soul (Muse) 120
Charles Mingus/The Clown (Atlantic) 127
Milt Jackson/Plenty, Plenty soul (Atlantic) 134
Warne Marsh/Warne Marsh (Atlantic) 139
Jaki Byard/Out Front (Prestige) 146
Lucky Thompson/Lucky Strikes (Prestige) 154
Count Basie/Count Basie in Kansas City (RCA Victor) 160
Ornette Coleman/The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic) 166
Harlan Leonard/Harlan Leonard and His Rockets (RCA Victor) 171
Joe Turner/Boss of the Blues (Atlantic) 177
Gerry Mulligan Quartet/Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Pacific Jazz) 182
Jess Stacy/Tribute to Benny Goodman (Atlantic) 187
Coleman Hawkins/Sirius (Pablo) 193
Arnett Cobb/The Wild Man from Texas (Classic Jazz) 197
Thelonious Monk/April in Paris (Milestone) 203
Thelonious Monk/Straight No Chaser (Columbia) 212
Sonny Rollins/The Freedom Suite (Riverside) 215
Sonny Rollins/The Freedom Suite (Riverside) 220
John Coltrane Quartet/Coltrane Live at Birdland (Impulse) 225
Billie Holiday/LadyLove (United Artists) 229
Roscoe Mitchell/Sound (Delmark) 231
George Russell/Outer Thoughts (Milestone) 236
Julius Hemphill/Dogon A.D. (Arista) 243
Booker Ervin/The Freedom and Space Sessions (Prestige) 248
Thelonious Monk/At the Five Spot (Milestone) 255
Jaki Byard/Giant Steps (Prestige) 267
Ben Webster/Music for Loving (Verve) 274
Art Tatum/20th Century Piano Genius (Emarcy) 283
Lester Young/The Lester Young Story, Vol. 1 (Columbia) 295
Jimmy and Mama Yancey/Pure Blues (Atlantic) 317
James P. Johnson/Father of the Stride Piano (Columbia) 320
Chu Berry/Chu Berry and His Stompy Stevedores (Epic) 327
Charles Mingus/Let My Children Hear Music (Columbia) 335
Miles Davis/Kind of the Blue (Columbia) 345
Ben Webster and Joe Zawinul/Soulmates (Riverside) 347
Earl Hines/Quintessential Continued (Chiaroscuro) 351
John Coltrane/On a Misty Night (Prestige) 353
Ornette Coleman/Ornette! (Atlantic) 360
Ornette Coleman/Change of the Century (Atlantic) 366
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