Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History Robert Walser

ISBN: 9780195091731

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Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History  by  Robert Walser

Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History by Robert Walser
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Drawing from contemporary journalism, reviews, programme notes, memoirs, interviews and other sources, this book lets the reader experience, first hand, the controversies and critical issues that have accompanied jazz from its very birth. Edited byMoreDrawing from contemporary journalism, reviews, programme notes, memoirs, interviews and other sources, this book lets the reader experience, first hand, the controversies and critical issues that have accompanied jazz from its very birth. Edited by Robert Walser, these 62 pieces offer insights into jazz.

Some of the giants of jazz are included such as Jelly Roll Morton, Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus and Wynton Marsalis. And there are pieces by writers such as Langston Hughes, Norman Mailer and Ralph Ellison, and by critics such as Leonard Feather and Gunther Schuller. Readers will find Louis Armstrong on what makes swing, Dizzy Gillespie on bebop, and Miles Davis on jazz-rock fusion. Walser has also selected writings that capture the passionate reactions of people who have loved, hated, supported and argued about jazz.

One can read, for instance, a dismissive article written in 1918 that relegates jazz to the servants hall of music along with the clatter of the clogs, the click of Slavic heels. Or a debate between Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock over the merits of free jazz and electric instruments.



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