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The Jazz Tradition : Second Revised Edition - Martin Williams

The Jazz Tradition

Second Revised Edition

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780195078169
Number Of Pages: 320

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When it was first published in 1970, this lively and fascinating book was greeted with almost universal acclaim. The American Record Guide called it "the best one-volume of jazz we have," and the Jazz Journal praised it as "a brilliant study of the whole of jazz." Perhaps the greatest tribute was paid by Louis Armstrong himself who raved: "it held Ol' Satch spellbound." Now thoroughly revised and expanded, the new edition of The Jazz Tradition offers readers a unique history of jazz, as seen through its greatest practitioners.
An original blend of history and criticism, this book explores the work of nearly two dozen leading musicians and ensembles that have shaped the course of jazz, from King Oliver's Creole Jazz band to the present day. Couched in the same readable, non-technical language that made earlier editions so popular, The Jazz Tradition adds new chapters on some of the more recent giants of jazz, performers like pianist Bill Evans, versatile horn player and saxophonist Eric Dolphy, and the World Saxophone Quartet, and considerably expands the chapter devoted to Count Basie. In addition, a foreword by Richard Crawford introduces the new edition, and the discographies on each performer have been fully brought up to date. Written by an author The Washington Post lauded as "the most knowledgeable, open-minded, and perceptive American jazz critic today," The Jazz Tradition belongs in the library of all lovers of this distinctly American sound.

"Excellent essays help the student understand the musicians involved."--Stephen Stone, University of Oregon "Martin Williams is perhaps our greatest living jazz critic."--Guenther Schuller "Read anything of Williams you can lay your hands on....His knowledge of jazz is all but unmatched."--Washington Review "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 "Readers...will without a doubt find in Williams the most coherent and clear-minded guide to the essences of jazz performance they have ever encountered. He remains truly the critic's critic."--Jack Sohmer, The Mississippi Rag

Introduction: A Matter of Fundamentalsp. 3
King Oliver: Father Figurep. 9
Jelly Roll Morton: Three-Minute Formp. 14
Sidney Bechet: First and Lastp. 43
Louis Armstrong: Style Beyond Stylep. 48
Bix Beiderbecke: The White Man's Burdenp. 6i
Coleman Hawkins: Some Comments on a Phoenixp. 71
Billie Holiday: Actress Without an Actp. 79
Art Tatum: Not for the Left Hand Alonep. 87
Duke Ellington: Form Beyond Formp. 94
Count Basie and Lester Young: Style Beyond Swingp. 115
Charlie Parker: The Burden of Innovationp. 132
Thelonious Monk: Modern Jazz in Search of Maturityp. 150
John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet: Modern Conservativep. 168
Sonny Rollins: Spontaneous Orchestrationp. 179
Horace Silver: The Meaning of Craftsmanshipp. 190
Miles Davis: A Man Walkingp. 198
Sarah Vaughan: The Meaning of Self-Discoveryp. 210
Bill Evans: A Need to Knowp. 215
Charlie Mingus: The Pivotal Instrumentp. 221
John Coltrane: A Man in the Middlep. 227
Ornette Coleman: Innovation from the Sourcep. 236
Eric Dolphy: Step by Stepp. 249
World Saxophone Quartet: Four in Onep. 254
The Meaning of a Music: An Art for the Centuryp. 260
Discographical Notesp. 269
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780195078169
ISBN-10: 0195078160
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.37 x 13.56  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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