Magazine article IAJRC Journal

A Golden Age of Jazz Revisited, 1939-1942

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

A Golden Age of Jazz Revisited, 1939-1942

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A Golden Age of Jazz Revisited, 1939-1942 by Hazen Schumacher and John Stevens NPP BOOKS, 220pp, illustrated, hard cover ISBN 9780916182144, $60 plus shipping Jazz Museum Bix Eiben Hamburg; Grevenweg 120; 20537 Hamburg; Germany.

This book is must for any of us who remember the remarkable program Jazz Revisited that came our way weekly through National Public Radio-affiliated stations. It covered the first three decades of recorded jazz and ran for about as long: 1967-1997. This book, however, is limited to just the period of 1939 through 1942. What Mr. Schumacher did was to pick out 55 classical jazz sides, discuss each one briefly, also showing illustrations of the 78 rpm record labels. You may not agree entirely with the handfuls he selected but you won't argue, for these are gems indeed. Following the narrative, he presents Appendix A, an annotated bibliography, followed by Appendix B, which lists recommended recordings from mid 1939 through mid 1942.

This latter listing is fascinating, showing first a quintessential group, then very good records and finally a good section of 78 rpm recordings. The recordings are split into three groups: 'quintessential, 'very good' and 'good', with subtitles of first tier, second tier and third tier.

Appendix C has a cumulative personnel list of the Lionel Hampton Victor sides of that period plus the Teddy Wilson/ Billie Holiday efforts. That is a who's who of jazz right there, for Hamp got to enlist almost every All-Star on the scene then. Appendix D is a list of recordings based on classical music compositions listed by title and the bands who cut the versions. …

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