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The Swing Era : The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945 - Gunther Schuller

The Swing Era

The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945


Published: 1st September 2005
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Here is the book jazz lovers have eagerly awaited, the second volume of Gunther Schuller's monumental The History of Jazz. When the first volume, Early Jazz, appeared two decades ago, it immediately established itself as one of the seminal works on American music. Nat Hentoff called it "a remarkable breakthrough in musical analysis of jazz," and Frank Conroy, in The New York Times Book Review, praised it as "definitive.... A remarkable book by any standard...unparalleled in the literature of jazz." It has been universally recognized as the basic musical analysis of jazz from its beginnings until 1933.
The Swing Era focuses on that extraordinary period in American musical history--1933 to 1945--when jazz was synonymous with America's popular music, its social dances and musical entertainment. The book's thorough scholarship, critical perceptions, and great love and respect for jazz puts this well-remembered era of American music into new and revealing perspective. It examines how the arrangements of Fletcher Henderson and Eddie Sauter--whom Schuller equates with Richard Strauss as "a master of harmonic modulation"--contributed to Benny Goodman's finest work...how Duke Ellington used the highly individualistic trombone trio of Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Juan Tizol, and Lawrence Brown to enrich his elegant compositions...how Billie Holiday developed her horn-like instrumental approach to singing...and how the seminal compositions and arrangements of the long-forgotten John Nesbitt helped shape Swing Era styles through their influence on Gene Gifford and the famous Casa Loma Orchestra. Schuller also provides serious reappraisals of such often neglected jazz figures as Cab Calloway, Henry "Red" Allen, Horace Henderson, Pee Wee Russell, and Joe Mooney.
Much of the book's focus is on the famous swing bands of the time, which were the essence of the Swing Era. There are the great black bands--Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Earl Hines, Andy Kirk, and the often superb but little known "territory bands"--and popular white bands like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsie, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman, plus the first serious critical assessment of that most famous of Swing Era bandleaders, Glenn Miller. There are incisive portraits of the great musical soloists--such as Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan, and Jack Teagarden--and such singers as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Helen Forest.

"An excellent study. A great help for my teaching . . ."--Reinhold Brinkmann, Harvard University
"Excellent text! The depth and scope warrants an entire course of study on this era alone. It is a valuable tool for any jazz musician who performsm writes, or studies this style."--Stephen T. Goforth, Oklahoma City University
"Schuller has the mind of a persistent and thorough scholar, and of a most careful and exacting musical analyst; of the most sensitive and responsive listener, and of the most musically knowledgeable and careful of critics....a monumental piece of work....As I say, this is a monumental achievement;
it should be a basic text for anyone seriously interested in American music."--Martin Williams, merican Music
"The ultimate jazz history."--The New Republic
"A magisterial achievement, equally engrossing for musicologists, enthusiasts or the just plain curious....Schuller has given us a masterpiece and source of pure delight."--The Washington Post Book World

The """"King"""" of Swingp. 3
Duke Ellington Master Composerp. 46
Louis Armstrongp. 158
The Quintessence of Swingp. 198
The Great Black Bandsp. 263
The Great Soloistsp. 426
The White Bandsp. 632
The Territory Bandsp. 770
Small Groupsp. 806
Things to Comep. 844
p. 851
p. 855
Glossaryp. 861
Indexp. 869
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780195071405
ISBN-10: 0195071409
Series: History of Jazz
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 944
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.75  x 4.42
Weight (kg): 1.29