The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945 (History of Jazz)

The Swing Era The Development of Jazz History of Jazz Here is the book jazz lovers have eagerly awaited the second volume of Gunther Schuller s monumental The History of Jazz When the first volume Early Jazz appeared two decades ago it immediately es

  • Title: The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945 (History of Jazz)
  • Author: Gunther Schuller
  • ISBN: 9780195071405
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here is the book jazz lovers have eagerly awaited, the second volume of Gunther Schuller s monumental The History of Jazz When the first volume, Early Jazz, appeared two decades ago, it immediately established itself as one of the seminal works on American music Nat Hentoff called it a remarkable breakthrough in musical analysis of jazz, and Frank Conroy, in The New YoHere is the book jazz lovers have eagerly awaited, the second volume of Gunther Schuller s monumental The History of Jazz When the first volume, Early Jazz, appeared two decades ago, it immediately established itself as one of the seminal works on American music Nat Hentoff called it a remarkable breakthrough in musical analysis of jazz, and Frank Conroy, in The New York Times Book Review, praised it as definitive A remarkable book by any standardunparalleled in the literature of jazz It has been universally recognized as the basic musical analysis of jazz from its beginnings until 1933 The Swing Era focuses on that extraordinary period in American musical history 1933 to 1945 when jazz was synonymous with America s popular music, its social dances and musical entertainment The book s thorough scholarship, critical perceptions, and great love and respect for jazz puts this well remembered era of American music into new and revealing perspective It examines how the arrangements of Fletcher Henderson and Eddie Sauter whom Schuller equates with Richard Strauss as a master of harmonic modulation contributed to Benny Goodman s finest work Duke Ellington used the highly individualistic trombone trio of Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol, and Lawrence Brown to enrich his elegant compositions Billie Holiday developed her horn like instrumental approach to singingd how the seminal compositions and arrangements of the long forgotten John Nesbitt helped shape Swing Era styles through their influence on Gene Gifford and the famous Casa Loma Orchestra Schuller also provides serious reappraisals of such often neglected jazz figures as Cab Calloway, Henry Red Allen, Horace Henderson, Pee Wee Russell, and Joe Mooney Much of the book s focus is on the famous swing bands of the time, which were the essence of the Swing Era There are the great black bands Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Earl Hines, Andy Kirk, and the often superb but little known territory bands and popular white bands like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsie, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman, plus the first serious critical assessment of that most famous of Swing Era bandleaders, Glenn Miller There are incisive portraits of the great musical soloists such as Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan, and Jack Teagarden and such singers as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Helen Forest.

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    1. As far as I know it, this is the most comprehensive book on swing music available. Gunther Schuller is interested in music, not life histories, so biographical information on musicians is scarce. The music, on the other hand, is described and analyzed thoroughly, with great originality and enthusiasm, including information on cross-links, influences, and analyses of arrangements, song structures and solos.I don't believe anyone will read this book from the beginning to the end: each chapter is a [...]


    2. This is by far the best music book I've ever read. It is scholarly, no doubt, but Schuller's joy in this music comes through on every page. A rudiemntary ability to read music is a plus with this book, but by no means necessary. Schuller is even-handed and open-minded but never abdicates the critic's responsibility to judge. And absolutely never abdicates the scholars responsibility to inform. A wonderful book on 1930s jazz.


    3. Wonderful. I have put it aside until I have a chance to listen to some of the recordings he references. I'm not very familiar with this genre so taking time to get some aural context will make his analysis more meaningful for me. It would be lovely if a CD was included.


    4. I wish I would have read this book when I was first studying the music of jazz as a teen. It is an amazing resource!


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