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Jazz And Its Discontents : A Francis Davis Reader - Francis Davis

Jazz And Its Discontents

A Francis Davis Reader

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780306810558
Number Of Pages: 352

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From Bob Hope to Sun Ra, from the jazz age to middle age, with thoughts on everything in between, Francis Davis has been writing about American music and American culture for more than twenty years. His essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice among countless other publications from coast to coast. And now here is a selection of the most important writings of his impressive career - the quintessential Davis on everything from Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis, Jack Kerouac to Jerry Seinfeld, jazz to rap. And Davis's writing is as enjoyable as the culture of which he writes. The New York Times Book Review has compared Davis's work to "a well-blown solo." Wire said that Davis "packs in data, asides, and encapsulated opinions with enviable skill." No matter what the subject is, Jazz and Its Discontents shows as never before a writer of deep opinions and thoughtful insight - one of the most dazzling critics of our times.

"Francis Davis has long combined Gary Giddin's musical acuity with Whitney Balliett's literary flair."

Only Myself to Blame: Introduction and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
From in the Moment
An Improviser Prepares (Sonny Rollins)p. 3
No Success Like Failure: Ornette Coleman's Permanent Revolutionp. 15
Leading Lady (Abbey Lincoln)p. 26
Anthony Davis's New Musicp. 33
From Outcats
Surviving Ellingtonp. 55
Ellington's Decadep. 68
The Mystery of Herbie Nicholsp. 76
Sunshine, Too (Sheila Jordan)p. 82
She's Susannah McCorklep. 93
Too Late Blues (Bobby Darin)p. 101
West Coast Ghost (Frank Morgan)p. 105
Black Like Him (Bobby Short)p. 111
The Home and the World (Abdullah Ibrahim)p. 116
Streams of Consciousness (Ran Blake)p. 123
Circles, Whirls, and Eights (Borah Bergman)p. 128
From Bebop and Nothingness
Pres and His Discontents (Lester Young)p. 135
Apple Pie (Art Blakey)p. 141
Real Stuff in Life to Cling To (Tony Bennett)p. 145
"Zorn" for "Anger"p. 151
Bagels and Dreadlocks (Don Byron)p. 158
Out There (Charles Gayle)p. 167
White Anglo-Saxon Pythagorean (Roswell Rudd)p. 174
Recurring Characters
The Unsure Egoist Is Not Good for Himselfp. 187
Talking with Milesp. 190
Miles Agonistesp. 195
Hottentot Potentatep. 200
Sun Ra, Himselfp. 204
The Right Stuffp. 210
Born Out of Timep. 213
Wynton's Ellington Jonesp. 219
Bonus Tracks
My Worthy Constituentsp. 225
Jim Hall Has It Madep. 230
Other Folks' Music
Full of Foolish Song (Guys and Dolls)p. 239
Infection (Stephen Sondheim)p. 248
Black Faces, Black Masksp. 258
Mixed Media
At the Moviesp. 269
Talking Kerouacp. 286
Standup Sitcom (Seinfeld)p. 290
Onward (Mort Sahl)p. 297
Bob Hope, Prisoner of Warp. 302
America Surrendersp. 307
Only in the Moviesp. 320
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780306810558
ISBN-10: 0306810557
Series: Francis Davis Reader Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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