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Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices From Bessie Smith To Bebop And Beyond Paperback – 22 Aug 1996

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  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Ed edition (22 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306807122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306807121
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Will Friedwald is the author of "The Warner Bros. Cartoons, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, " and "Sinatra! The Song Is You."


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I'm suprised by the largely negative comments about this book. Certainly Mr. Friedwald has his personal biases, and is not afraid to let them be known--but this never stood in the way of my enjoyment of this book. Overall, this book has the tone of a very hip friend letting you in on some of the things that make his favorite singers great. His chapter on Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald is terrific, alerting the reader as to what is special about their (very different) styles. Likewise, the chapter on the vo-cool school (Mel Torme, Anita O'Day, June Christy, etc.) is similarly instructive. I don't find the prose overly "stream-of-conscious," or inordinately "hip" (hey, he is talking about jazz here!). I really can't comment on technical inaccuracies (mispelled Yiddish, etc.), or possible gaps in the narrative (any study like this is bound to emphasise certain tendencies over others), but Mr. Friedwald can bring his record collection to my house anytime!
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Tried hard as I may, but I never found another book as half as passionate about this subject.O.K. I understand that some people have problems with liking the same things as author (I as the first one, LOVE Cleo Laine and he despises her, so what?)but Mr.Friewlad obviously know the field he is writting about and for me its pure pleasure to read this book again and again.I found so many inspirations here, discovered so many names nowadays no one mention anymore and to put it simply, I think this is the best book written about jazz singing.Music being my hobby & passion, I have this book with me as Im travelling and I never get bored with it... I would love to meet Mr.Friewald one day and thank him for the hours of pleasures he gave me with this book and all this suggestions (and to discuss Cleo laine with him)!
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I really love this book.I came upon it purely by chance shortly after it's first publication,and bought it on spec.
It has not disappointed me.I constantly dip into it,and never get bored,even when I read the same comments about the various artists covered.I love Sinatra,Louis,(sorry Mr.Friedman,but in my house F.S.always comes first),Helen Forrest,Bobby Darin,oh,I could go on.
Like Mr.Friedwald,I cannot stand Cleo Laine;Peggy Lee in small doses,but,hey.this book is about individual preferences,and nobody is coerced into liking any particular artist.
I purchased many CD's on the recommendation of Mr.F.,and I'm so glad I did.He opened up my horizons somewhat,and I am grateful for that.
A terrific book,very readable,and written by someone knowledgeable on the subject matter.
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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 and styles and their relationships to each other. It covered some who currently are not as well known. This gave me an opportunity to enjoy some singers I would never have known about otherwise. In addition, it gave a context to the development of jazz and on who influenced whom. My main criticism is that it is not easy to read, given a "bop" like writing style. This made it more appropriate to browse or to use as a reference book rather than to read it straight through.
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