Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now

Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now


"Comprehensive and intelligently prepared. . . .  Jazz aficionados . . . can be thankful to have a lot sturdy writing at the topic in a single place."--The big apple occasions publication Review

"Alluring. . . . Capture[s] a lot of the breadth of the song, in addition to the passionate debates it has stirred, extra vividly than the other jazz anthology to date."--Chicago Tribune

No musical idiom has encouraged extra nice writing than jazz, and nowhere has that writing been awarded with higher comprehensiveness and style than during this excellent assortment. In Reading Jazz, editor Robert Gottlieb combs via 80 years of autobiography, reportage, and feedback via the music's maximum avid gamers, commentators, and fanatics to create what's without delay a huge tapestry of jazz heritage and testimony to the splendor, vigour, and diversity of jazz writing.  
        Here are Jelly Roll Morton, recalling the whorehouse piano gamers of latest Orleans in 1902; Whitney Balliett, profiling clarinetist Pee Wee Russell; poet Philip Larkin, with an eloquently dyspeptic jeremiad opposed to bop. the following, too, are the voices of Billie vacation and Charles Mingus, Albert Murray and Leonard Bernstein, Stanley Crouch and LeRoi Jones, reminiscing, examining, celebrating, and settling rankings. For someone who loves the music--or the track of serious prose--Reading Jazz is indispensable.  

"The perfect reward for jazzniks and boppers all over the place. . . . It gathers the easiest and so much diversified jazz writing of greater than a century."--Sunday Times (London)

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