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WILLIAMS, Martin & Nat Hentoff (eds).

The Jazz Review.

Published: Millwood, New York: Kraus Reprint Co., 1973

Stock code: 69781

Price: £150

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Originally published 1958-61, this is the first collected edition. Complete reprint, including the ads., the wraps unfortunately reproduced in black and white, of perhaps the finest jazz journal ever published. The Jazz Review, in less than three lamentably short years of publication, set new standards for jazz writing in America. Edited by Nat Hentoff and Martin Williams, two of the most influential jazz journalists and critics of the era, from its first issue in Nov. 1958, the Review featured an innovative and diverse mix of critical and historical essays, music analysis, book reviews, musicians’ profiles, interviews and in a radical departure, record reviews which were often written by fellow musicians, (it is a delight, for instance, to read trumpeter Art Farmer’s take on Sonny Rollins newly released Freedom Suite or trombonist Bob Brookmeyer’s review of Miles Davis’ Miles Ahead, in the inaugural issue). The quality of the writing, critical acumen and historical insight is reflected in the extraordinary roster of journalists, historians, critics and musicians who contributed to The Review in its short history. Handsomely designed, primarily by the gifted graphic designer Bob Cato, the journal stands as a vital celebration and indispensable documentation of jazz culture in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Complete runs of the original magazines are almost unobtainable, this reprint itself is uncommon in the extreme.

3 volumes quarto (280 212 mm) Original light card wraps. Numerous illustrations. Just a little rubbed, a very good set.

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