The 50 Crucial Concepts, Styles and Performers, Each Explained in Under a Minute
Tracing the evolution of jazz from its early 20th-century origins, this compact introduction explains the centrality of improvization, the importance of the Great American Songbook, and the various genres, from Trad to Bebop. It surveys the key instruments and the various band formats, and includes brief biographies of musicians including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald.
A Life in Time
Based on an extended interview given during a 2003 UK tour, and other first-hand accounts, Philip Clark explores the jazz pianist’s music and influence on performers including Sting and John Cage. It recalls behind-the-scenes stories of breakthrough classics like ‘Take Five’, which propelled jazz into the mainstream, and Brubeck’s many encounters and collaborations with musical greats such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie.
Starting out as photographer for jazz label Artists House in the late 1970s, Deborah Feingold graduated to Musician magazine and was soon photographing the leading names in the industry for Rolling Stone, Time and Newsweek. This collection of her best work includes portraits of Madonna, Bono and Prince.
The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums
Released on Columbia Records in 1946, The Voice of Frank Sinatra consisted of eight love songs which, though known by the public for years, were given a new musical treatment by the singer’s arranger, Axel Stordahl. The runaway success of this approach set the standard for a new genre of pop and jazz vocal album, the best 57 of which are analysed here, including classic records by Chet Baker, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Slightly off-mint with felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
I Got Rhythm
Art and Jazz Since 1920
The spread of jazz beyond its American birthplace in the 1920s had a profound effect on art and culture, with leading artists such as Otto Dix, Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse taking inspiration from performers, dances and songs. With essays and reproductions of more than 120 works, this dual-language exhibition catalogue from the Stuttgart art museum celebrates almost a century of art produced in response to jazz, from Max Beckmann to Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
Little Jazz Giant
Roy Eldridge (1911-89) worked with some of the finest jazz players of his day, including Teddy Hill and Artie Shaw, and forged a distinctive trumpet style that linked the more traditional sound of Louis Armstrong to the Be-Bop generation. John Chilton's perceptive biography traces Eldridge's long career and his often turbulent professional relationships to reassess the work of one of the most exciting and unjustly neglected players in jazz history.
After firing a revolver in the street at the age of 12, Louis Armstrong was sent to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys in New Orleans, where the harsh conditions were mitigated by the opportunity to play in the band. This succinct biography of the jazz legend describes how he came to dominate the new art form from the 1920s to the 1960s.
The Jazz Composer
Moving Music off the Paper
Internationally renowned jazz composer Graham Collier (1937–2011) offers a radical analysis of the composer’s place in a genre associated with improvization and traditional ‘standards’. Looking back over the development of jazz composition, he considers the work of such important figures as Gil Evans and ‘acknowedged genius’ Duke Ellington. He then examines the new directions taken by contemporary jazz, illustrating his points with examples from his own music and anecdotes from his life. References to websites may no longer be valid.