Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BILLIE HOLIDAY by JOHN SZWED ~













 

Viking 2015




"When John Hammond first heard the Count Basie band, it was a revelation.
The Basie players were very different from Eastern jazz bands. Much of
their music was based on the blues, and they had a remarkable
singer in Jimmy Rushing, though Hammond thought the
vocals were secondary to the remarkable dance music they brought
with them from the Midwest. Their rhythm section had a lighter,
more even, and propulsion feel that was the envy of every band
that heard them (Benny Goodman, especially, favored the wing
they generated); the ensemble was strong and brassy;
they had the ability to create spontaneous arrangements based
on collective experience; and their use of riffs and call-and-response
was state of the art. It was music of urban sophistication that
still retained a feel for the blues."


John Szwed, Billie Holiday
The Musician and the Myth





2 comments:

Luster said...

Dear Bob,

Nice to see this. John Szwed was my favorite and most important teacher at the University of Pensylvania. He's having quite a third act with his Miles, Sun Ra, and Lomax biographies.

Stay close,
Mike

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Right-o, Mike,

Solid books 1, 2, 3 (now 4).

all's well, Bob