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Jazz in Search of Itself

4.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  6 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In this engaging and astute anthology of jazz criticism, Larry Kart casts a wide net. Discussing nearly seventy major jazz figures and many of the music’s key stylistic developments, Kart sees jazz as a unique perpetual narrative—one in which musicians, their audiences, and the evolving music itself are intimately intertwined.
Because jazz arose from the collision of specif
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 11th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published 2004)
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Jeff Crompton
Mar 20, 2013 Jeff Crompton rated it it was amazing
Kart's book is a collection of newspaper and magazine pieces and album liner notes written over a period of years. Many such critical collections seem lightweight and disposable, and a few of the selections here fall into that category. But the best pieces here reveal the depth of Kart's thinking about jazz, and rank with the best jazz writing I have come across. Even when I disagreed with his judgements, his writing forced me to think carefully about my opinions.
Phil Overeem
Jul 19, 2011 Phil Overeem rated it really liked it
Kart writes better than almost any critic I've ever read about how great jazz sounds and what makes those sounds great--without resorting to much jargon that's beyond the non-musician. He also holds jazz players to a fair and reasonable standard that's getting harder to meet.
Paul Secor
Fans and detractors of Bill Evans (I find myself in both camps) should read Larry Kart's two essays on his music (and to some extent on the man). If you have an open mind, you'll probably learn some things, or at least find a lot to think about and consider.
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