'While the length of this work might arouse the suspicion of obsessive exhaustiveness, individual treatments of bands and soloists are admirably concise: it is the commitment to range of coverage that gives this book its volume.'
David Ayers, University of Kent, Journal of American Studies, 27 (1993) 'Reading it is like listening to one of those hugely learned men with the gift of the gab, like Bronowski or A.J.P. Taylor, talking about his favourite subject. Every observation is backed by evidence, every generalisation judiciously qualified, every side-issue detailed in a footnote, but it is all done without a trace of pomposity. The real enjoyment in reading The Swing Era, as in reading Johnson's Lives of the Poets, comes from being taught more
about something you love by an erudite, courteous and generous mind.'
Dave Gelly, Jazz, Issue 12 'the second volume of his projected trilogy, is an even more impressive achievement - the long wait has been worthwhile'
Daily Telegraph 'the presentation of the text is excellent and the written style lucid and easy to follow'
Frank Murphy, International Journal of Music Education 'a magisterial achievement, equally engrossing for musicologists, enthusiasts or the just plain curious ... Throughout, Schuller ... speaks with serene authority.'
S. Frederick Starr, The Washington Post 'its value to jazz and big band fan is immeasurable'
Peter Hepple, Stage & Television Today 'The Swing Era is a work of love first and foremost ... I can't think of any writing that could have made me happier these past few weeks.'
William D. Routt, LaTrobe University, Sunday Herald (Melbourne) 'a suitably Promethean study, densely packed with musical examples and expansively judgmental on the pros and cons of a generation of players ... his insistence on getting to the core of the music, on identifying the original virtues of the jazz musician's art, is something to be prized, especially in this depth'
Richard Cook, Sunday Times 'this is not a book to be digested at one sitting; instead readers will prefer to come back again and again to absorb the various monographs on soloists, big bands and small groups. There is more than enough to keep us busy until the arrival of Volume Three.'
Clive Davis, The Times 'This is jazz criticism of a quality rarely encountered and, probably, the outstanding work of its kind on the music of the swing era.'
Ray Comiskey, Irish Timesshow more