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Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz 1954-2001

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Jazz critic for The New Yorker since 1957 and the author of some fifteen books, Whitney Balliett has spent a lifetime listening to and writing about jazz. "All first-rate criticism," he once wrote in a review, "first defines what we are confronting." He could as easily have been describing his own work. For nearly half a century, Balliett has been telling us, in his widely ...more
Paperback, 880 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2000)
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Sep 18, 2008 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Balliett is my favorite reviewer of any art because he describes what he experiences rather than just rating it. He writes about Miles Davis in the 50s: "In a medium tempo blues, say, Davis is capable of creating a pushing, middle-of-the-road lyricism that is a remarkable distillation, rather than a one-two-three outlining of the melodic possibilities; indeed, what comes out of his horn sounds like an instantaneous editing of a far more diffuse melodic line being carried in his head."

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Michael Fitzgerald
Frustratingly, this book omits published essays from the time period and also some of the included essays have been re-edited. Would be nicer to have the exact versions that were originally published and W.B. could have included introductions or notes to comment on any changes he would have made. And of course, many of the longer biographical pieces are in other Balliett books. This is a case where a well-thought-out two- or three-volume set in strict chronological order would make a lot of sens ...more
Wonderful collection of reviews and critical pieces from one of the great jazz critics of our time ...Whitney Balliett
Stuart Ross
Jun 26, 2007 Stuart Ross rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jazz fans
doesnt get much better than this when it comes to jazz writing.
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