Description - The Masters Of Bebop by Ira Gitler
Now fully updated with a new chapter: The classic introduction to the bebop era and the legendary performers who created it. Back in the early 1940s, late at night in the clubs of Harlem, a handful of jazz musicians began to experiment with a style that no one had ever heard before. The music was fast, complicated, impossible to play for many of the older musiciansbut it soon became the lingua franca of jazz music. They called it bebop, and as the years went by, it became even more popular. Today it reigns as perhaps the best-loved style of jazz ever created. Ira Gitler conveys the excitement of this musical birth as only someone who was there can. In The Masters of Bebop, Gitler traces the advent of what was a revolution in sound. He profiles the leading playersCharlie Parker, Dizzy Gillepie, Max Roachbut also studies the style and music of the first disciples, such as Dexter Gordon and J. J. Johnson, to reveal bebops pervasive influence throughout American culture. Revised with an updated discographyand with a new chapter covering bebop right up through the end of the twentieth century The Masters of Bebop is the essential listeners handbook.
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Author Biography - Ira Gitler
Gitler is a writer, critic, and educator. The co-author of The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, lives in New York City.