The exhaustive research, useful discographies, and absence of a comparable study on the subject assures this work a place in many collections, but the eccentricities of style and the labyrinth of facts make it, at best, a difficult read and, at worst, annoying. Those with only a casual knowledge of the subject might find themselves lost in the sudden shifts from figure to figure and might also fall easy prey to the author's flippant dismissal of certain performers whose work he holds in undisguised contempt. To become what it pretends to be, this work needs a big infusion of objectivity and an editor with as big an aversion to the parenthetical phrase as Friedwald has to the Ink Spots.
- Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll., N.Y.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jazz Singing covers 20th jazz singing from classic blues to post-bop singers. The book is notable for breadth, Friedwald's often sharp humor, and a knack for exploring underrated... Read morePublished on December 16, 2003 by critical minded
Friedwald has definitely got to be the currently most prolific writer on all matters related to the "Great American Songbook" and its performers. Read morePublished on December 2, 2002 by Caponsacchi
Will Friedwald loves his subject and it shows. I learned a lot and agree with, perhaps, 95% of his judgments. Read morePublished on August 27, 2000 by Dominick T. Armentano
This book could have some editng and there are some artits such as Lorez Alexandria and Etta Jones Mr. Friedwald should of,at leasr, mentioned. Read morePublished on April 22, 1999
When I first read this book, I knew very little about the singers featured in it. It opened a new world to me in which I learned about individual singers, their different periods... Read morePublished on February 23, 1999
Seven pages devoted to Lee Wiley. Cleo Laine in the "Must To Avoid Department". And so it goes all through Mr. Read morePublished on November 2, 1998