Covering artists as diverse as Courtney Pine and Betty Carter, this book provides an insight into jazz since the early 1970s, for the buff and the novice alike. Interviews are interspersed with reviews of performances and recordings.
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Fordham, who has written several jazz books including Jazz Man (Trafalgar, 1996), offers a collection of his journalism published in British periodicals between 1970 and 1995. These reviews feature contemporary American and British performers and vary in length from a few paragraphs to several pages. Because the majority were written on deadline and within space limits, Fordham had little opportunity for development. And because the reviews often cover multiple performances over the decades, material on a given musician tends to be scattered across the book. But Fordham's sharp critical mind and entertaining style hold one's attention, making such limitations forgivable. Where Fordham collects his own journalism, Piazza (The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz, LJ 3/1/95) has brought together lengthier essays by many different writers. And while Fordham focuses on living musicians, Piazza's essayists discuss recordings made during the first half of the century. This selection of 49 liner notes includes two of his own essays, but the bulk were written by critics he considers among "the best writers in the field," including Dan Morgenstern, Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, and many more. A few were written by musicians themselves. Commenting on recordings from Bunk Johnson up through the revolutionary Ornette Coleman, these essays offer substantial historical information, some musical analysis, and many anecdotes. All things considered, Setting the Tempo may better serve as a reference work and for general readers, while Shooting from the Hip best addresses readers already knowledgeable about jazz and interested in the British scene.?Paul Alan Baker, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Trafalgar Square, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M1856261816