The World of Swing
An Oral History of Big Band Jazz
By (author) Stanley Dance
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World of Swing by Stanley Dance
Book DescriptionNow available for a new generation of swing enthusiasts, reissued to coincide with the release of "The World of Swing" CD from Columbia/Legacy, this monumental history of big band jazz, documented through interviews with forty leading musicians, has been updated with a new introduction and discography by Dan Morgenstern.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306810169
(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stanley Dance
World of Duke Ellington, Paperback (December 2000)
A fascinating portrait of one of America's greatest composer-performers in his own words and the words of the musicians he played with.
Those Swinging Years, Paperback (August 1992)
Charlie Barnet (1913-1991) is best known as the popular bandleader whose hits included "Cherokee", "Pompton Turnpike", and "Skyliner". In this book, he writes of his whiskey and marijuana habits, of his whorehouse visits and his half-dozen marriages.
World of Count Basie, Paperback (August 1985)» View all books by Stanley Dance
"The late Count Basie is one of the jazz immortals. The master of swing, whose beat was the subtlest and supplest of all the bandleaders, Basie featured some of the great soloists in jazz history while"
US Kirkus Review » In her golden days Billie Holiday liked to swing: "I jumped out of the frying-pan right into the fire,/ Lost me a cheap man and got a no-'count liar." Later, she tuned into the world of musical suffering, tuned out of her earlier liveliness and wholehearted well-being. Most of the 40 musicians interviewed in this book pass through several eras while retaining their originality. Trumpeter supreme Roy Eldridge is most amusing about the birth of the cool, whispery drumming style of the late '40's and how he had to beg his young drummer to give him a solid beat to riff against. The late Coleman Hawkins blows a straightfaced macabre humor while Count Basie bounces with wit. Asked what swing is, Basle replies that it's "a matter of some good things put together that you can really pat your foot by." Dance says that it's "an exhilarating rhythmic feeling created around a fundamental pulse that suggests - but does not actually realize - a quickening of tempo." (Rock does not swing.) About minor masters as well as giants, and damned funny too, this is Volume I of what is already a deep-focus look at swing and promises to be "a gassuh," as Satchmo says. More, please! (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Stanley Dance
Stanley Dance (1910--1999) was the author of The World of Duke Ellington, The World of Earl Hines, The World of Swing and editor of Jazz Era: The Forties, all published by Da Capo Press. He was a regular contributor to Jazz Times and other publications.
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