Jazz in Its Time
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Jazz in Its Time

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From brief profiles of musicians to serious academic pieces, Martin Williams has been perceptively chronicling the development of jazz for over three decades. In this, his newest collection of jazz writings, Williams brings together many of his best pieces and covers new ground, with short critiques on, among others, Teddy Wilson (favorable) and George Winston (unfavorable). A longer article, "How Long Has This Been Going On?, " examines developments in jazz during the past twenty years and the current state of the music. Also included are a series of short essays considering the musicianship of jazz greats from Sidney Bechet to Ornette Coleman, Lionel Hampton, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, and others. Together, these works provide an insightful overview of the development of jazz past and present.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140.2 x 208.8 x 20.3mm | 348.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195069048
  • 9780195069044

About Martin Williams

Martin Williams has written and edited a number of books on jazz; his articles have appeared in such places as Harper's, Saturday Review, The New York Times, High Fidelity, Stereo Review, Down Beat, and Metronome.show more

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There is a particular kind of pleasure to be found in reading the work of people who really know and love their subject. Martin Williams is one of them. He has the ability not only to inform and entertain, but to make you feel that you share his familiarity with the men and the music he writes about. * Sunday Times * The great thing about Martin Williams is that he actually writes about music - and, what's more, does it entertainingly. * Jazz * there is a particular kind of pleasure to be found in reading the work of people who really know and love their subject. Martin Williams is one of them. He has the ability not only to inform and entertain, but to make you feel that you share his familiarity with the men and the music he writes about. * Sunday Times * a rare combination of journalistic fluency, erudition, insight and taste ... He is one of the most serious of jazz commentators, with a distaste for adjectival writing and loose talk. * John Fordham, Q * Martin Williams is perhaps our greatest living jazz critic. * Gunther Schuller * Read anything of Williams you can lay your hands on. * Washington Review * The most knowledgeable, open-minded, and perceptive American jazz critic writing today. * Washington Post *show more

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