Stock Image

Profiles in Jazz: From Sidney Bechet to John Coltrane

Horricks, Raymond

0 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0887384323 / ISBN 13: 9780887384325
Published by Transaction Publishers 1991-01-01, 1991
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
From BookResQ. (West Valley City, UT, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since January 19, 2010

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 19.94 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.97 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

0887384323 Ex-library book with typical stickers and stampings. Jacket has indents in plastic. Priority or international shipping available on this item. Bookseller Inventory # B2210302012CB122572

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Profiles in Jazz: From Sidney Bechet to John...

Publisher: Transaction Publishers 1991-01-01

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

About this title

Synopsis:

This volume of jazz portraits is shaped by two beliefs: that the only useful purpose of jazz writing is to be of service to the music and its players; and also that the men who make music are important and interesting human beings. These writings are intended to publicize, promote, and encourage listeners at all levels of sophistication to hear jazz anew.

Profiles in Jazz is a personal view. While many major figures from Sidney Bechet and Art Tatum to Omette Coleman and John Coltrane are covered, Horricks devotes a number of pieces to performers he considers to have been unjustly neglected. His look at the elusive reputation of Mel Powell traces classical and jazz sources of his extraordinary versatility as a pianist, arranger, and composer. Noting Art Hodes's "lifetime obsession" with the blues, Horricks discerns how the blues "in feeling, in essence, in a beautiful simplicity" weave themselves through Hodes's enormous knowledge of popular songs. He writes of how Phil Woods emerged from under the spell of Charlie Parker to become, in the 1980s, the best alto-saxophone soloist in contemporary jazz and praises Roy Haynes as the most "articulate" of drummers, the equal of such modern jazz greats as Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, and Art Blakey.

At the heart of the book is a lengthy appreciation of the many-sided genius of Duke Ellington. For Horricks, Ellington is not only the single greatest figure in jazz composition, having written more jazz themes of lasting value than anyone else, but one of the greatest American composers in general. Ellington's importance is, in Horricks view, fully compatible with the notion of jazz as an art of improvisation. He points out that some of the finest solos on record have been created by members of his band, but he has imposed form on the duration of these solos and texture on the music surrounding them, making improvisation appear a logical extension of the main composition.

While acknowledging that American musicians naturally predominate here, Horricks point out that the inclusion of the Frenchman Claude Boiling, the Englishman Gordon Beck, and the Australian Ray Swinfield purely on their merit is a sure sign that the music that originally grew out of Congo Square in New Orleans has now become a truly international musical language.

About the Author:

Raymond Horricks is a biographer, writer, and independent record producer. He is the author of a companion volume: In Flight with the Eagle, A Guide to Napoleon's Elite; along with several books on musical figures and history.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We run a General interest bookstore with a focus on popular fiction, Utah and Mormon (LDS) titles, as well as current textbooks.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Please read the description of our item. Many items cannot be shipped
internationally due to size and weight. International restrictions should be
available in our description.
We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) please contact us. If you've changed your mind about a
book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to
contact us and we'll re...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. Many books cannot be shipped to international locations. This will be noted in our description.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express