Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s

By Ira Gitler

This vital booklet brings us nose to nose with essentially the most memorable figures in jazz background and charts the increase and improvement of bop within the overdue Nineteen Thirties and '40s. Ira Gitler interviewed greater than 50 prime jazz figures, over a 10-year interval, to maintain for posterity their reminiscences of the transition in jazz from the massive band period to the trendy jazz interval. The musicians interviewed, together with either the acclaimed and the unrecorded, inform of their personal phrases how this renegade song emerged, why it was once a turning aspect in American jazz, and the way it prompted their very own lives and paintings. putting jazz in historic context, Gitler demonstrates how the temper of the state in its post-Depression years, racial attitudes of the time, and global battle II mixed to form the jazz of today.

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And "Blues within the evening" used to be written from a clarinet factor I did in, i feel it was once "Little Joe from Chicago"; and "What's Your tale, Morning Glory? " turned "Black espresso. " In Kansas urban, we would jam all evening till seven or 8 within the morning after which we might visit somebody's condo or speakeasy. There will be a piano there, and the musicians may have their girlfriends with them, and they are a bit drained, and they are resting up for an additional consultation. i would take a seat there and play smooth harmonies and issues that got here to me, simply as sleek as what you listen now. it can look that they might pop out of the sky. they might be sitting there with their girlfriends and stuff, and i would play all types of strange chords and issues, simply whatever at the piano, and so they have been surprised approximately it. After awhile it turned in order that after i would commence an association they might replica definite issues. Or like if it used to be a membership i used to be taking part in in, whereas i am enjoying i could play anything that is by no means been performed earlier than within the pressure of a lick. In her residence, through the past due '405, Mary Lou used to be back inspirational. •:••:• MARY LOU WILLIAMS occasionally Tadd Dameron might get caught along with his preparations, and he'd say, "Come on and play anything, Lou," and he'd be aware of whereas i used to be developing it should push him off back. And Bud Powell used to return to the home. in fact, Erroll Garner by no means wanted support simply because he discovered that 4/4 right here. The piano used to be over there, and that i was once within the again room. He says, "I've bought it. Now i haven't got to fret with the rhythm part. " He ran within the again and stated, "Come and hear this," and that i acknowledged, "I heard it. " 106 SWING to bounce you spot, Andy used to take a seat and take rules of mine. It appeared in the course of my early period—sixteen and eighteen, nineteen, 20 years old—I used to be jam-packed with principles, new issues, for all time and that made musicians hang around with me, take me out on jam periods. It appeared to motivate them, and at any time when I created—I by no means listened to radio, television, or anything—I'd simply exit and perhaps force a automobile, and if i did not have a motor vehicle i would borrow one, and exit the place there have been plant life or water and take a seat there and begin to write down. you notice, i do not desire a piano. it should sluggish me up. I simply get to the piano to determine if I made any blunders or how it will move. ** one other arranger, whose "Puddin" Head Serenade" was once recorded through Kirk in 1936—twenty-nine days after "Walkin' and Swingin'—" was once pianist Clyde Hart. «* TRUMMY younger And another man i actually enjoyed again in these days—he and that i used to celebration usually on issues, simply the 2 folks— used to be Clyde Hart. He used to be one among my expensive pals. whilst he first received sick—well, loads of men proposal he used to be loopy simply because he wore rubbers forever over his footwear. yet i do know why he wore them. He had lung difficulty, and he figured it can rain, and he did not want to get his ft rainy. I had a bit room on forty fourth highway. I wasn't married then. And he used to return through there. at any time when I acquired a brand new checklist or whatever, he'd come and hear it. I bear in mind while I first bought Stravinsky's Firebird, and that i used to be taking part in it, and he enjoyed it a lot.

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