The jazz decade saw the emergence of many of the great figures who defined the music for the world: Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Earl Hines, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson--these giants set the standards for blues singing, big band arrangements, and solo improvisation that are the foundations for jazz. Richard Hadlock has chapters on each, with a discography and descriptions of all the players who made the '20s swing.
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This is the second release in this series (see Jazz Masters of the Fifties, p. 424). It is not only better written, but one wonders how it can be equalled by subsequent studies. Hadlock has the enormous advantage, more often than not, of being able to follow his musicians right to their graves. He details their excellence with chapter and verse and among them are Louis Armstrong, (who of course is not dead), Earl "Fatha" Hines (also still in flower), Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Bessle Smith, and guitarist Eddie Lang. There is a separate chapter covering the Chicagoans en masse. The most thorough attention given in the book is to Louis, the absolute success, and Hadlock takes a surgeon's pains to discover what makes him play as he does. His answers are absolutely satisfying, as is the book. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Richard Hadlock
Richard Hadlock has written jazz criticism for Downbeat, the Jazz Review, Jazz Quarterly, Metronome, as well as theNew York Times and San Francisco Examiner. He hosts one of the longest running jazz radio shows, "The Annals of Jazz," on station KCSM in San Mateo, California. He lives in Berkley where he is an active musician.