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Jazz Tradition

By (author) Martin Williams
Genres: Jazz
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 25th Jun 1970
Dimensions: w 140mm h 200mm
Weight: 44452g
ISBN-10: 019500664X
ISBN-13: 9780195006643
Barcode No: 9780195006643

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Mr. Williams' articles have appeared in the New York Times, Saturday Review, Evergreen Review, etc. and this is a careful, cohesive look at the individual artists who made and renovated The Jazz Tradition. He has the knack of communicating style so you'll be able to pick up on the kind of thing he was in to. But it helps if you are a musicologist: "Chorus three is primarily rhythmic, an appropriate contrast to the careful harmonic-lyric emphasis of the first two. Morton simplified the melody and harmony drastically in a kind of 'barrelhouse' destruction of the piece, in which the swinging momentum and a partly polyphonic bass line are first introduced." And so on through Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Bix Beiderbecke, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Lester Young, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. For the very dedicated dissectionist who will follow it note by note. (Kirkus Reviews)