Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz And American Pop

By Gary Giddins

Gary Giddins, winner of the 1998 nationwide publication Critics Circle Award, has a following that comes with not just jazz fans but additionally pop tune fanatics of each stripe. Writing the following in a lyrical and celebratory variety all his personal, Giddins dazzlingly exhibits us—among many different things—how performers initially perceived as radical (Bing Crosby, count number Basie, Elvis Presley) turned conservative associations ... how Charlie Parker created a masterpiece from the stress of an inane ditty ... how the Dominoes helped mix church ritual with pop tune ... and the way Irving Berlin translated a chiaroscuro of reduce East part minorities into imperishable songs.

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