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A Jazz Retrospect - Max Harrison

David & Charles, 1976, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper somewhat faded and wrinkled, if complete. Heavy knock to the foot of the upper board, bruised at the head, tail and corners. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly musty.

From the cover: “Max Harrison, a well-known and deeply respected critic, has written a ‘jazz book’ with a difference: a fascinating and informed review of the art form in all its intricacies. Following the style of the music itself, he selects basic themes — attitudes to improvisation, group relations, extending the language of jazz, improving the form, individual voices, and cross-influences between jazz and other music. He then works out these themes by examining the widely differing styles of the great jazz musicians. Charlie Parker, Fats Waller, Thelonius Monk and Lionel Hampton; Teddy Charles, Bunk Johnson, Hal McKusick, Jimmy Lunceford; James P. Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie, David Mack, Ornette Coleman; Jelly Roll Morton, Miff Mole, Serge Chaloff and Lennie Niehaus — all these and more are placed in perspective and discussed with sympathy and imagination. Suitably, the author includes two ‘interludes’: an account of two anthologies of continental jazz (French and Czechoslovak), and a review of Sidney Finkelstein’s Jazz: a People’s Music. Here indeed is a unique addition to the literature of jazz, an essential volume for all enthusiasts.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 223
ISBN: 0715372793

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