The Jazz Tradition

The Jazz Tradition

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'The best one-volume history of jazz.' That is how the American Music Guide described the book that Louis Armstrong once said 'held ol' Satch spellbound'. A unique blend of history and criticism, this lively and perceptive book includes chapters on such jazz giants as King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. In addition to an expanded essay on Count Basie, this revised edition also includes pieces on Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, and the World Saxophone more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135.6 x 203.7 x 18mm | 272.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195078160
  • 9780195078169
  • 1,178,768

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Now thoroughly revised and expanded, this new edition of The Jazz Tradition offers readers a unique history of jazz, portrayed through the lives of its greatest more

About Martin Williams

American jazz critic and author of many books on jazz (deceased)show more

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'it is never less than stimulating' Brian Glasser, Q 'Jazz as a music provides writers with a deep well as a subject matter. Add this book to the collection if you missed it the first time round, it is among the best.' Claudia Caprez, Weekly Journalshow more

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