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William Claxton: Jazzlife Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-3822851661 ISBN-10: 3822851663 Edition: Box Sgd Lt

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Limited to 1,000 individually signed and numbered copies

Every copy comes with four signed and numbered, 50 x 60 cm (19.6 x 23.6 in.) ultrachrome prints

Book and prints packaged in a clothcovered box

Prints included:

William Claxton, Jazzlife: Print 1 Metropole Café on Broadway near Times Square, New York City, 1960

William Claxton, Jazzlife: Print 2 Stan Getz by a stage door on Cosmo Alley, Hollywood, 1956

William Claxton, Jazzlife: Print 3 The George Williams Brass Band, New Orleans, 1960

William Claxton, Jazzlife: Print 4 Ray Charles with a Raylette, New York City, 1960

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William Claxton holds a special place in the history of American - particularly jazz - photography. Since his early career - shooting for LIFE, Paris Match, and Vogue, among other magazines - Claxton has worked with and become friends with many Hollywood luminaries and jazz musicians, most notably Steve McQueen and Chet Baker (whom Claxton first photographed in 1952 when Baker was young and still unknown). Claxton, whose jazz imagery has graced the covers of countless albums and magazine covers for over five decades, is considered the preeminent photographer of jazz music. TASCHEN has also published Claxton's Jazz seen and Steve McQueen.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Box Sgd Lt edition (October 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822851663
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822851661
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.5 x 16 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 39 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,500,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One that I will want to have out and look through over and over.
Annamarie Rewal
Jazz Life is a great book in every senses: Fantastic photographs,very good informative text and wonderful audio CD, besides its weight and its size.
The Teacher
I bet at the time though the music added to the book's success in a still rather war-torn Germany.
Robin Benson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on March 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you were a jazz fan in the Fifties this book will be the ultimate visual memory jogger. It is a huge book, too, weighing in at over fifteen pounds (a bit more with its handy carrying box) and with spreads opening to an impressive twenty-three inches wide by sixteen deep. The 696 beautifully printed pages feature an expanded collection of photos originally taken for the 1961 German book 'Jazz Life' produced by Joachim Berendt and William Claxton.

In four months during 1960 these two motored across the America and it would seem photographed every important jazz musician that mattered and what stunning photos they are. Page after page of folks you have been listening to for years and not just recording studio shots but plenty of informal and location photos. Musicians everywhere get a look in, New Orleans, Kansas, St Louis, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, from ragtime to bop to East and West coast styles. Each area has an essay and all the photos are captioned. Looking through the book for the first time with its huge page size and Claxton's sympathetic jazz camera is a rather awesome experience.

There is a forty-two minute CD with the book (the original German edition had two seven inch LPs) of music recorded by Berendt but I thought it was rather bland in its choice of tracks. Predominately New Orleans traditional and spirituals with a very small sampling of other styles some of which annoyingly fade out before the end. I bet at the time though the music added to the book's success in a still rather war-torn Germany.

'Jazz Life' celebrates a great American music style with photos you can almost hear. I doubt there will be anything as good as this published again.

*A Shorty Rogers tune dedicated to Bill Claxton

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Woodshed on November 10, 2006
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I just received this enormous book; yes enormous in every way. Both in vision, content, printing and weight. I have plenty of jazz photo books and some earlier collections by Claxton, but this certainly reaches beyond the rest. It reminds me of the work by the great Cartier-Bresson. It is far beyond publicity shots and the compositions are real and echoes what language can never say. I am reminded of the great writer Albert Murray. He delves deep into the entire ouvre of this American art form. The large two page bleed photos are breathtaking. The book is largely b&w which suits me just fine. One seldom comes across such empathy and passion for a subject and at the same time shoots like a painter. This is a bargain at twice the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annamarie Rewal on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Gorgeous book. One that I will want to have out and look through over and over. Amazing, you see something different every time you look through it.
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