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  • Verve: The Sound of America

    Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:23

    blog imageStep inside jazz's most important label!

    The entire story of jazz from its earliest days in New Orleans to the 1970s and beyond told through archival material from Verve, the genre's most important label. Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve. This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz. Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch, and twelve-inch records appear, along with publicity reports, news clippings, posters, telegrams, and programmes.

    Looking beyond the music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the places, and the people who made Verve great and jazz cool.

    Oh, and it also features 1,200 illustrations to feast your eyes on! Have a look inside below and enjoy a video with jazz expert and author Richard Havers, charting the history of Verve to a selection of its artists' iconic tracks.

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    Posted by Anna Anna

    Categories: music, jazz, Verve

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