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It contains a wealth of information on jazz vocalists throughout history, and although it hasn't done the (impossible) task of covering every vocalist worth mentioning, the uniqueness of this book is in it's attempt to give information on singers from both sides of the Atlantic; something which isn't frequently done in jazz history books, but is very necessary for making the 'jazz family tree'complete.
It would be wise for any jazz vocalist who is interested in learning more about her craft to have this book in her collection. As well as history, it contains commentary and advice from other well known singers and is the next best thing to a 'round-table discussion.
This book is recommended to other musicians as well who are interested in understanding jazz singers and their history.
It is one of the most basic, yet clear books on jazz history I have read
(and I have read several). And while it is focusing primarily on vocal jazz, the information provided is helpful to anyone interested in jazz in general.
One of my favorite portions of the book is the index of singers. This includes singers who are categorically jazz singers, as well as those who are seen as contributing to and those who are strongly influenced by the music. Provided are great suggestions of recordings to purchase in order to enjoy and study the various vocal techniques. I'm slowly working my way through them in order to further my education!
The organization of the book is primarily historical, with early chapters devoted to the period of Armstrong, Holiday, Crosby, other early singers, the blues singers. There follows analyses of the band singers, and those bands as breeding grounds and academies for those singers (as they were for all the musicians in the bands). Throughout, influences are noted, often as direct quotations by the artists to the authors or another interviewer. Ensuing chapters are devoted to singers of later generations, observing how they developed without the training ground of the big bands, and to how singers of the future might likely develop their craft.
Throughout, attention is paid to the music that singers of each generation were singing. I also found myself introduced to singers whose names I had heard but whose music I did not know.Read more ›
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