Now 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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(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Da Capo Press Inc
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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.