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Jazz in Its Time
Martin T. Williams
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Jazz in Its Time

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Praised variously as "perhaps the greatest living jazz critic" (Gunther Schuller) and "one of the most distinguished critics (of anything) this country has produced," (Gary Giddins, The Village Voice), Martin Williams has been perceptively chronicling the development of jazz for more than 30 years. Both The Jazz Tradition, which many consider a classic history of jazz, and ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 6th 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1989)
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Jeff Crompton
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this four and a half stars if I could.

Martin Williams was the first jazz critic to strongly affect my taste and thinking about the music. (Has he really been dead for over 20 years now?) A Christmas gift of the paperback edition of his The Jazz Tradition was eye-opening for me in my late teens. His paragraph on Charlie Parker's "Embraceable You" solo from that book is among my favorite explications of a piece of music, and changed the way I heard that recording.

As I continued to learn a
May 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book basically collected essays. Some were highly of interest: in the studio with Jimmy Giuffe, Jim, Hall & Art Farmer, etc. Other essays were often a bit intellectual or of musicians I wasn't as interested in. Williams is a great writer, though, so I'm glad I made it through and reccommend it to anyone who sees topics of interest in the TOC.
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