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Jazz in Its Time - Martin Williams

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780195069044
Number Of Pages: 288

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From record album liner notes to serious academic pieces, Martin Williams has been perceptively chronicling the development of jazz for over three decades. In this, his newest collection of jazz writings, Williams brings together many of his best pieces and covers new ground, with short columns on Teddy Wilson and George Winston and a longer article, "How Long Has This Been Going On?," examining the current state of jazz. In this last work, Williams notes that jazz is experiencing a period of "stylistic retrenchment or, if you will, a period of conservatism," and questions the fusion of jazz with rock. Williams cites the opinion of Wynton Marsalis and a number of other musicians, who "seem to see the whole fusion thing as a kind of commercial opportunism and artistic blind alley, maybe even a betrayal of the music."
Arranged roughly according to the form of the writing (music reviews, profiles, etc.) the pieces included here examine the musicianship of jazz greats from Sidney Bechet to Ornette Coleman, including Lionel Hampton, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, and others. There are also thought pieces on the development and direction of jazz and jazz scholarship. Together, these works provide an insightful overview of the development of jazz over the past twenty years.

Industry Reviews

"Read anything of Williams you can lay your hands on....His knowledge of jazz is all but unmatched."--Washington Review "The most knowledgeable, open-minded, and perceptive American jazz critic today."--The Washington Post "Martin Williams is perhaps the greatest living jazz critic."--Gunther Schuller "One of the most distinguished critics (of anything) this country has produced."--Gary Giddings, Village Voice "Martin Williams persistently gets at essences, and that is why he has contributed so much to the very small body of authentic jazz criticism."--Nat Hentoff

Bechet the Prophetp. 3
Two About Pee Weep. 7
One About Lesterp. 11
Three About Coltranep. 12
Jazz at the Moviesp. 17
Miles Davis Livep. 21
Errors of Interestp. 25
Roaringp. 33
A Rock Cast in the Seap. 35
Mr. Wilsonp. 41
Navarro out of the Airp. 43
How Long Has This Been Going On?p. 45
This Fellow George Winstonp. 59
Lee Konitz: A Career Renewedp. 65
Lionel Hampton: Major Contributionsp. 70
Bud Freeman: The Needed Individualp. 76
Thad Jones: A Musical Familyp. 81
Bobby Hackett: Everything with Feelingp. 86
Harry Carney: Forty-one Years at Homep. 91
On the Job
Condition Redp. 99
Whir-r-r-rp. 105
Stitt in the Studiop. 112
Rehearsal Diaryp. 119
Record Date: Art Farmer and Jim Hallp. 130
Blues Nightp. 137
Bash Itp. 147
Count Basie in Kansas Cityp. 163
A Celebration of Trumpetersp. 169
New Orleans Horns: Freddy Keppard and Tommy Ladnierp. 169
King Oliver in New Yorkp. 173
Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines, 1928p. 177
The Vintage Henry "Red" Allen, Jr.p. 179
Dizzy Gillespie: The Development of an American Artistp. 184
Miles Davis: Odyssey!p. 198
Charlie Parker: The Dial Recordings, Volume 2p. 201
The Modern Jazz Quartet: Plastic Dreamsp. 207
Early Ornettep. 211
The Shape of Jazz to Comep. 211
Free Jazzp. 217
Twinsp. 222
Writing and Reading
Criticismp. 229
Monk Goes to Collegep. 233
Biographies, Autobiographies, Profiles, and Oral Historyp. 236
Grove American I: Not Just Missing Personsp. 240
Grove American II: A Letter to a Friendp. 243
On Scholarship, Standards, and Aesthetics: In American Music We Are All on the Spotp. 246
Why Aren't We Using the Classics?p. 252
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780195069044
ISBN-10: 0195069048
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.88 x 14.02  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.32

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