Criticism
    Book Name-   Price 
 Where's The Melody: A Listener's Introduction To Jazz By Martin Williams   $48.00 
Pantheon, New York, 1966, Stated First Printing. An informed presentation of jazz through the music itself, written by one of jazz's finest critics and most perceptive listeners. Highly recommended as a basic introduction to jazz, written, as...  read more...
 Weather Bird  Jazz At The Dawn Of Its Second Century By Gary Giddins   $25.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford, 2004, First Printing with complete number line. A companion volume to Giddins' acclaimed critical history, Visions of Jazz, this is a collection of more than 140 essays, reviews and articles written over a...  read more...
 This Is Jazz: A Series Of Lectures Given At The San Francisco Museum Of Art By Rudi Blesch   $45.00 
San Francisco, Private Printing, 1943, Stated Second Printing. These lectures predate and anticipate Blesch's book, Shining Trumpets, a seminal and controversial history of traditional jazz and its roots in West African music, a passionate defense...  read more...
 The Worlds Of Jazz By Andre Hodeir   $35.00 
Grove Press, New York, 1972, First English Language Edition, Stated First Printing, translated by Noel Burch. An extraordinarily inventive, playful and uniquely structured book, in which the great French jazz critic employs an array of compositional...  read more...
 The Voice Of The Delta: Charley Patton And The Mississippi Blues Traditions, Influences And Comparisons. An International Symposium Edited By Robert Sacre [SOLD]   
Presses Universitaires Liege, Belgium, 1987, printed only in wraps, this is the First Printing of the Second Edition, with erratum page tipped in at the first blank as called for, and a comprehensive index not included in the first edition. Equally...  read more...
 The Song Of the Hawk: The Life And Recordings Of Coleman Hawkins By John Chilton   $60.00 
Quartet Books, London, 1990, First Edition, First Printing. Trumpeter and jazz writer Chilton is renowned for his thorough research and musical analysis; this is the first comprehensive biography of the great tenor saxophonist, with many previously...  read more...
 The Richard Rogers Reader Edited by George Martin   $15.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, 2002, First Edition, First Printing. A comprehensive collection of biographical and critical writings on the great American composer whose songs are a staple of the jazz repertoire. Hard cover, fine, tight, clean,...  read more...
 The Reluctant Art: The Growth Of Jazz By Benny Green   $40.00 
Horizon Press, New York, 1963, First US Edition, First Printing. Insightful, sometimes contentious and controversial, five extended essays on important jazz musicians, Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday,...  read more...
 The McJazz Manuscripts: A Collection Of The Writings Of Sandy Brown Edited By David Binns   $90.00 
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, First Edition, First Printing, with no further printings indicated. Very uncommon, collection of pop and jazz criticism and sometimes wickedly funny autobiographical sketches by the gifted British jazz clarinetist and...  read more...
 The McJazz Manuscripts: A Collection Of The Writings Of Sandy Brown Edited By David Binns   $145.00 
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, First Edition, First Printing, advance review copy with publisher's card laid in. Very uncommon, collection of pop and jazz criticism and sometimes wickedly funny autobiographical sketches by the gifted British jazz...  read more...
 The John Coltrane Companion: Fifty Years Of Commentary Edited BY Carl Woideck   $18.00 
Schirmer, New York, 1998, First Paperback Edition. Spanning fifty years, a collection of critical essays on the great saxophonist, as well as interviews, nightclub, concert and recording reviews and articles on his recording career. Pictorial...  read more...
 The Jazz Makers Edited by Nat Shapiro & Nat Hentoff   $18.00 
Da Capo Press, New York, 1979, First Da Capo Press Paperback Edition, republication of the original 1957 edition. Twenty one profiles of jazz greats by prominent jazz writers of the 50's. Very good in pictorial wraps, spine is leaning slightly and...  read more...
 The Duke Ellington Reader Edited By Mark Tucker   $35.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, 1993, First Edition, Third Printing. A collection of one hundred essays, edited by Ellington scholar Tucker, which provide a chronological overview of the great composer and bandleader's life, work and...  read more...
 The B.B. King Companion: Five Decades Of Commentary Edited By Richard Kostelanetz   $12.00 
Omnibus Press, Schirmer Books, New York, 1997, First Trade Paperback. One in the estimable Schirmer 'Companion' series, a compilation of the best articles, interviews, critical reviews, written over a nearly fifty year span, on the great blues...  read more...
 The Art Of Jazz: Essays On The Nature And Development Of Jazz Edited By Martin Williams  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Oxford University Press, New York, 1959, First Edition. SIGNED and inscribed at the ffep, "For my friend, Jim, among other things in appreciation for a crazy index, Martin". A selection of critical essays from the 1920's -50's by a number of...  read more...
 Such Sweet Thunder:49 Pieces On Jazz By Whitney Balliett   $48.00 
Bobbs-Merrill, New York, 1966, Stated First Printing. Third collection of essays and reviews by the late great jazz critic, whose insightful prose graced the pages of the New Yorker magazine for nearly fifty years. In olive green cloth, spine ends...  read more...
 Serious Music - and All That Jazz: An Adventure In Music Criticism By Henry Pleasants   $32.00 
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1969, Stated First Printing. In 1955, Pleasants, an eminent classical music critic and historian, wrote a highly controversial book, The Agony Of Modern Music, in which he argued that classical or "serious" music had...  read more...
 Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz & American Pop By Gary Giddins   $25.00 
Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, 1981, First Trade Paperback Edition, First Printing with complete number line. A collection of essays and reviews from the 1970's by one of the finest of jazz writers. Very good+, in bright, slightly...  read more...
 Riding On  a Blue Note: Jazz And American Pop By Gary Giddins   $20.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, 1981, First Edition, First Printing. First book by one of the preeminent writers in jazz, a collection of essays drawn mainly from his writings for the Village Voice from 1973 - 80. Hard cover, previous owner's...  read more...
 Rhythm -A- Ning: Jazz Traditions & Innovations In The 80's By Gary Giddins   $18.50 
Oxford University Press, New York, 1985, First Edition, First Printing with complete number line. A fine and wide ranging collection of essays by one of "the most imposing figure(s) in jazz writing". Hard cover, previous owner's inscription to front...  read more...
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