The language is more scholarly, detailed and sometimes overflows with names and information that is mind-boggling. Berendt doesn't leave a stone unturned and there isn't any subject related to jazz or the scenes he investigates that he doesn't tackle. The essays, or chapters, are written in three languagesEnglish, German and French and each translation features different photographs. Jazz music has always had a close relationship with photography, since its earliest days. One can say that both arts have developed simultaneously. When William Claxton passed away in 2008, jazz photographer Herman Leonard said the following for the New York Times "When we started out, there were hardly any other photographers doing this kind of thing because there was no money in it. We started doing it because of the love of photography and the love of jazz." The ability to capture the magnificence of this music in a single moment can still fire up the imagination, even in eras gone by. Obviously this book is a labor of love.
What both of them have managed to do was to bring the world to their vision about how jazz could not only be heard but be seen as well. Sometimes listening to music is simply not enough. We crave for more and more information, more insights about the artists which music we enjoy. The photographs in this book are another way for jazz to connect and communicate with its audiences. All of these images offer particular insights and revelations that enrich our appreciation of jazz.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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