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World Of Swing: An Oral History Of Big Band Jazz [Paperback]

Stanley Dance

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22 Mar 2001
Now available for a new generation of swing enthusiasts, reissued to coincide with the release of "The World of Swing" CD from Columbia/Legacy, this monumental history of big band jazz, documented through interviews with forty leading musicians, has been updated with a new introduction and discography by Dan Morgenstern.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Rev Ed edition (22 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306810166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306810169
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,112,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanley Dance (1910--1999) was the author of The World of Duke Ellington, The World of Earl Hines, The World of Swing and editor of Jazz Era: The Forties, all published by Da Capo Press. He was a regular contributor to Jazz Times and other publications.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some pretty obscure folks??? 30 May 2001
By Timothy A. Quale - Published on Amazon.com
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Now when I ordered this book I was under the assumption it would be about Big Bands and Swing (isn't that pretty much the title?).Now when most people think of Big Bands they think of Miller, Dorsey, Shaw, Herman, Thornhill, or even famous sidemen from these bands such as Conrad Gozzo for example. But this book is filled with some pretty obscure folks, ie: Lawrence Lucie,Billy Mackel,Eddie Locke and of course famous ones that you'll recognize such as Erskine Hawkins, Cozy Cole, Chick Webb etc..but for those fans thinking it will be about possibly there favorite band leader or about the music that was played or by who they will be sadly mistaken. Not that the book is un -interesting, it's just not what I was expecting when I ordered it. So buyer beware .....
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 4 Jan 2014
By J. Pearl - Published on Amazon.com
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Stanley Dance was a jazz journalist for decades. Here he interviewed many of his favorite musicians, allowing them to tell their stories in their own words, editing out Dance's questions.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential work --"I would rather be dead" than not swing! 18 April 2005
By Tony Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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The people interviewed in this book are leading Swing musicans. They may not be well-known to the neo-swingsters, or those whose idea of swing is big band white swing groups that were essentially pop oriented parasites on Black music, nor are post swing proto rock and rollers misidentified with Swing like Louis Jordan or Louis Prima featured.

However, if you interested in serious swing musicians who were at the center of the jazz swing music, African American pioneers, and jazz oriented white musicians this is your book.

Dance is a great interviewer here and in his other world of books. He gets behind the common places to points that MUSICIANS really want to know about the player's experience.

An example is the interview he did with Elmer Snowden in which a dying Snowden allows him to use his secret that he used guitar strings on his banjo is precisely for those of us who recognize Snowden as a major Jazz banjoist, a major band leader, a senior stateman of Jazz, even though he may remain unknown among white yuppie swing wannabes (or has another fad captivated these know-nothings?).

Dance also interviews enough of the great arrangers--a group neglected by everyone except musicians and serious swing fans--that we get a pictures of their contributions.

This book is not narrow. There are lots of connections from the Swing world of the 30s and 40s back to earlier forms of Jazz and forward to bop, R & B, and even rock and roll here.

My favorite part of the book is where he takes a poll of all his interviewees. My favorite part is where the musicians are asked what they would do if they were not musician. We see a bunch of interesting alternatives that help you gauge the personality and background with their alternatives. My favorite is the player--I will let you discover who he is--who says "I would rather be dead" than not play music! I've used that as a watchword not only for music but for the better things in life morally, artistically, and every other way.
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