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Essential Jazz Records

Volume 1: Ragtime to Swing

By Max Harrison (Volume editor), etc. (Volume editor)

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Format: Paperback, 608 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 1999
First published in 1984 and reissued to coincide with the publication of the second volume, this selection of the 250 best jazz records traces the earliest roots of the music to the beginnings of the modern jazz era. Volume One's focus is on LP collections of 78 rpm originals and nearly every significant musician -- both familiar and obscure -- of early 20th-century jazz is listed. For each record listed, full details of personnel, recording dates and locations are provided.

Table of Contents

Origins; the Twenties - variations on the New Orleans style; the Twenties - styles other than New Orleans; jazz in Europe; interlude -the influence of jazz on European composers; the Thirties and swing; against the current - traditional survivals and revivals; the transition to modern jazz.

About the Author

Max Harrison is a musicologist who reviewed for The Times and The Gramophone from 1967-90, has written widely on jazz, and contributed to the 1980 edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and other reference works. Charles Fox (deceased) was a broadcaster and reviewer. He was the host of "Jazz Today," a weekly British radio program. Eric Thacker (deceased) was a clergyman, with a long-standing interest in jazz.


"The Mona Lisa of its genre. To the initiate and novice alike, it provides an enlightened and enlightening overview of the music it surveys. . . . One looks forward to a sequel of like strengths. . . . this book stands on its own as one of the handful in the literature of jazz that can truly be called essential." Annual Review of Jazz Studies

EAN: 9780720117080
ISBN: 0720117089
Publisher: Mansell Publishing
Dimensions: 21.62 x 13.64 x 3.15 centimetres (0.77 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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