Sitting In: Selected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Related Topics / Edition 1

Sitting In: Selected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Related Topics / Edition 1

by Hayden Carruth
     
 

ISBN-10: 087745423X

ISBN-13: 9780877454236

Pub. Date: 08/28/1993

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

This collection of essays and poems about the influence of jazz on writing and culture in this country, an expanded edition of the 1986 publication, is a rewarding volume for all those entranced by jazz. Carruth brings his considerable poetic and literary sensibilities to bear on a topic very near to his heart: "Those who are devoted primarily to jazz, to

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This collection of essays and poems about the influence of jazz on writing and culture in this country, an expanded edition of the 1986 publication, is a rewarding volume for all those entranced by jazz. Carruth brings his considerable poetic and literary sensibilities to bear on a topic very near to his heart: "Those who are devoted primarily to jazz, to poetry, to all the arts, are also those who contribute more intelligently than others to our practical and moral, political and social, advancement."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877454236
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Edition description:
EXPANDED
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Guy Downstairs1
A Chaconnade for Everyone Named Rebecca10
Freedom and Discipline14
Academicism17
Who Cares, Long as It's B-Flat20
Influences: The Formal Idea of Jazz22
Joe Turner30
Song about Earl Hines32
With Respect to the Infuriating Pervasiveness of Optimism33
A Possibly Momentary Declaration In Favor of William Butler Yeats and Charles Ellsworth Russell38
Paragraph52
Got Those Forever Inadequate Blues53
The Intentional Alligator60
Personality of Genius67
Tom McGrath Is Harvesting the Snow69
Authenticity in the Age of Massive, Multiplying Error73
Michigan Water: A Few Riffs before Dawn77
Three Paragraphs83
The Defeated Generation85
The Cowshed Blues94
The Main Thing about Improvisation99
The Blues Scale102
Ben Webster107
The Time of Falling Apart108
The Blues as Poetry111
In That Session117
James Wright's Collected Prose118
Mystery and Expressiveness123
An Expatiation on the Combining of Weathers at Thirty-Seventh and Indiana Where the Southern More or Less Crosses the Dog132
Instances134
Letter to Maxine Sullivan144
Smith146
To All Human Consciousness the Clandestine Is Basal153
Duncan's Dream159
Coda163
Meditation In the Presence of "Ostrich Walk"164
What Does "Organic" Mean?165
Good Old Wagon167
Ben Webster173
Anthems182
The Spun-Off Independent Dead-End Ten-Star Blast185
Homage to John Lyly and Frankie Newton195
What a Wonder Among the Instruments Is the Walloping Tramboone196
Eleven Memoranda on the Culture of Jazz198

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