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Gurgitate the dubious critical consensus of the last generation Was West Coast jazz the last regional style or merely a marketing fad Was there really ever any such thing as West Coast jazz If so was it better or worse than East Coast jazz Such uestions are not without merit but they provide a poor start for a serious historical inuiry I ask readers hoping for uick and easy answers to approach this work with an open mind and a modicum of patience Generalizations will emerge; broader considerations will become increasingly clear; but only as we approach the close of this complex story after we have let the music emerge in all its richness and diversity By starting with some theory of West Coast jazz we run the risk of seeing only what fits into our theory Too many accounts of the music have fallen into just this trap Instead we need to see things with fresh eyes hear the music again with fresh ears. I've always loved the cooler jazz sounds that came out of California Here's a solid overview of the major players and movements Dave Brubeck Chet Baker et al

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From the Preface by Ted GioiaAll of these musicians fought their way back over the next decade and their success in re establishing themselves as important artists was perhaps the first signal initially unrecognized as such that a re evaluation of the earlier West Coast scene was under way Less fortunate than these few were West Coasters such as Sonny Criss Harold Land Curtis Counce Carl Perkins Lennie Niehaus Roy Porter Teddy Edwards Gerald Wilson and those others whose careers languished without achieving either a later revival or even an early brief taste of fame Certainly some West Coast jazz players have been awarded a central place in jazz history but invariably they have been those who like Charles Mingus or Eric Dolphy left California for Manhattan Those who stayed behind were for the most part left behind The time has come for a critical re evaluation of this body of work With than forty. Great read great resource for finding little heard of lately giants of jazz I personally love this time period for jazz 1945 1960's Pick this up and read while listening to Conte Condoli Russ Freeman Art Pepper and so many If you have Spotify or another similar path to music you can just pop on the albums as they're covereda very pleasurable exercise Pete the Bushman the Preface by Ted GioiaAll of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels these musicians fought The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels their way back over Walking in Light the next decade and Heart to Start their success in re establishing Stand by Me themselves as important artists was perhaps Stand By Me: Helping your teen through tough times the first signal initially unrecognized as such Toilet Trivia (Dk) that a re evaluation of The Infinite Air the earlier West Coast scene was under way Less fortunate Three by Atiq Rahimi: Earth and Ashes, A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, The Patience Stone than Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: The Broken Piano (The Lacanian Clinical Field) (The Lacanian Clinical Field) these few were West Coasters such as Sonny Criss Harold Land Curtis Counce Carl Perkins Lennie Niehaus Roy Porter Teddy Edwards Gerald Wilson and Idiot's Guides: The Cosmos those others whose careers languished without achieving either a later revival or even an early brief That Risen Snow: Snow White & Zombies taste of fame Certainly some West Coast jazz players have been awarded a central place in jazz history but invariably The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting they have been The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers those who like Charles Mingus or Eric Dolphy left California for Manhattan Those who stayed behind were for The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty the most part left behind The One Ball of Yarn time has come for a critical re evaluation of Planetside this body of work With SANDITON and A MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN (Cambridge World Classics) Complete Unfinished Novel Sanditon by Jane Austen and Biography by James Edward Austen (Leigh) (Annotated) (Complete Works of Jane Austen) NOOKbook than forty. Great read great resource for finding little heard of lately giants of jazz I personally love The House Of Gabriel this Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities time period for jazz 1945 1960's Pick Blackpeak Vines this up and read while listening Being Magdalene to Conte Condoli Russ Freeman Art Pepper and so many If you have Spotify or another similar path It's a Bit Rugged, Mate to music you can just pop on Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics the albums as Critical Terms for Literary Study they're covereda very pleasurable exercise

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Years of perspective since modern jazz came to California we can perhaps now begin to make sense of the rich array of music presented there during those glory years But to do so we need to start almost from scratch We need to throw away the stereotypes of West Coast jazz reject the simplifications catchphrases and pigeonholings that have only confused the issue So many discussions of the music have begun by asking What was West Coast jazz as if some simple definition would answer all our uestions And when no simple answer emerged how could it when the same critics asking the uestion could hardly agree on a definition of jazz itself this failure was brandished as grounds for dismissing the whole subject My approach is different I start with the music itself the musicians themselves the geography and social situation the clubs and the culture I tried to learn what they have to tell us rather than re. This was one of the best books on the subject I have ever read It wasn't like Cookin by Mathieson in that it wasn't simply a litany of dates I had previously read Gioia's Delta Blues and was impressed and I must say that Gioia has done it again The book is not only full of facts but is actually read like a sort of story a linear kind of narrative where each major group gets the royal treatment and each individual member of each group is highlighted and discussed within the context of that story


10 thoughts on “West Coast Jazz Modern Jazz In California 1945 1960

  1. says:

    Great read great resource for finding little heard of lately giants of jazz I personally love this time period for jazz 1945 1960's Pick this up and read while listening to Conte Condoli Russ Freeman Art Pepper and so many If you have Spotify or another similar path to music you can just pop on the albums as they're covereda very pleasurable exercise


  2. says:

    Superb documentation on Central Avenue life in the 1940s as well as the personalities and sounds that came out of West Coast Jazz Often regarded as cool jazz this was a remarkable period of California culture as it produced brilliant music by such people as Chet Baker Art Pepper Charles Mingus Shelley Manne and many others Also the greats Miles Davis and Charlie Parker also made a dent in the Californian landscape as well Ted Gioia's nerdy and obsessive research is an entertaining read One is consistently while reading the book made to check out the music on a daily reading basis A win win situation Clearly a jazz literature classic with great bios on the musicians and nice analytical insight in specific albums made at that time Great reference and West Coast Jazz captures a beautiful series of moments in the sunshine land


  3. says:

    I read this book as part of my research on a biography on guitarist Joe Pass who was part of the Pacific Jazz heyday in the early 1960s I was disappointed in the brief mention of Richard Bock and his Pacific Jazz label Pacific Jazz contributed some excellent additions to the West Coast jazz oeuvre but the book seems focused on providing biographical overviews of selected players and mentions of othersPast this uibble however West Coast Jazz Modern Jazz in California belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the history of jazz music Gioia is a knowledgeable and skillful writer and the book is as full and complete as a Mingus composition


  4. says:

    This was one of the best books on the subject I have ever read It wasn't like Cookin by Mathieson in that it wasn't simply a litany of dates I had previously read Gioia's Delta Blues and was impressed and I must say that Gioia has done it again The book is not only full of facts but is actually read like a sort of story a linear kind of narrative where each major group gets the royal treatment and each individual member of each group is highlighted and discussed within the context of that story


  5. says:

    A very good and much needed look at the West Coast scene of the 50s and early 60s My one big objection is the way Gioia consistently avoids talking about the distinctiveness and commonalities between of some of the West Coast sounds in favor of an artist by artist concentration Perhaps a needed corrective to years of common neglect but there does seem to be something we ought to talk about as a West Coast approach to jazz


  6. says:

    Important FYI Only the Univ Calif edition has the photographs West Coast Jazz Modern Jazz in California 1945 1960but a great book even without them


  7. says:

    It's almost too detailed to read like a normal book it's essentially a series of enyclopedia entries So I enjoyed reading it and I'll keep it as a reference but it is not a book you read uicklyGioia is skilled at explaining things in ways that even people with little musical knowledge can understand


  8. says:

    I've always loved the cooler jazz sounds that came out of California Here's a solid overview of the major players and movements Dave Brubeck Chet Baker et al


  9. says:

    The only decent account of the west coast jazz scene that I'm aware of


  10. says:

    Pretty dry and long list of what what recorded when by whom


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