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Jazz Changes

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Jazz Changes is the late Martin Williams's third and perhaps best collection of jazz portraits, interviews, narrative accounts of recording sessions, rehearsals, and performances, important liner notes, and far reaching discussions of musicians and their music. The collection includes thirty years of Williams's finest pieces taking readers on an engaging tour of the changi ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 31st 1993 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jeff Crompton
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Martin Williams is one of my favorite jazz writers, and this collection brings together many short pieces of his that had been hard to find. There are interviews, fly-on-the-wall observational accounts, liner notes, record reviews, and some in-depth musical analysis. When Williams gets deeply into musical analysis, he can be somewhat dry, but his feeling for musical form makes his knottier passages worth reading. Of course, with any collection like this, some parts are going to be better than ot ...more
Patrick R.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book that gives insight to multiple eras of Jazz music. I especially enjoyed the interview portions of the book because it gave the sense that Williams not only respects these musicians, but is familiar with them in a more intimate way than just a mere critic. Several of the conversations would not be out of place at a coffee shop where two friends have gathered to fill each other in on what they had missed while being apart. Great book. If you love Jazz, pick this one up.
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brought back lots of memories and taught me about people I didn't know. Nice way to get back into thinking about music.
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