Jazz Changes is the late Martin Williams's third and perhaps best collection of jazz portraits, interviews, narrative accounts of recording sessions, rehearsals, and performances, important liner notes, and far reaching discussions of musicians and their music. The collection includes thirty years of Williams's finest pieces taking readers on an engaging tour of the changing jazz world. There are appreciation-profiles and comments on such performers as Ross Russell--about the noted Dial Record sessions with Charlie Parker--and greats like John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Jelly Roll Morton, Ornette Coleman, Dinah Washington, and Thelonious Monk. Williams also offers parodies of how jazz critics in 1965 might have assessed the Beatles, and reflections on the Ellington era. He concludes with an elegant plea for critics to pay attention to jazz history, always exhibiting his keen mind and gifted pen.
"[Williams's] penetrating analysis is bound to wet one's appetite for further listening."--Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal "A rare combination of journalistic fluency, erudition, insight, and taste....[Williams] is one of the most serious jazz commentators, with a distaste for adjectival writing and loose talk....Excellent."--John Fordham, Q (London) "Williams is enthusiastic, fair and honest....He operates at a very high level indeed."--Jonathan Yardly, The Washington Post Acclaim for Martin Williams "Martin Williams is perhaps the greatest living jazz critic."--Gunther Schuller "The most distinguished critic America has produced."--Dan Morgenstern "Read anything of Williams you can get your hands on....His knowledge of jazz is all but unmatched."--Washington Review "One of the most distinguished critics (of anything) this country has produced."--Gary Giddins, The Village Voice "Martin Williams persisitently gets at essences, and that is why he has contributed so much to the very small body of authentic jazz criticism."--Nat Hentoff "Even fellow jazz writers--even jazz musicians!--have gone on record stating that Martin Williams is a national treasure. He, almost alone among jazz critics, has the ability to combine evocative impressions of the music, biographical detail about musicians, and concrete musical commentary. He describes recorded music so that even the musically illiterate can learn how to listen with greater appreciation....This makes him the writer anyone seriously interested in jazz should probably start out with, and many who do then find that he remains their favorite."--Booklist
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.27