By André Hodeir

First knowledgeable as a violinist, then as a composer, André Hodeir begun writing approximately jazz within the Nineteen Forties. As editor-in-chief of the French journal Jazz Hot, he used to be an early proponent of bebop and its practitioners, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Downbeat known as Hodeir's first compilation of jazz writings, Jazz: Its Evolution and Essence, "the most sensible analytical publication on jazz ever written," and Martin Williams named it and Hodeir's moment ebook, Toward Jazz, "two of crucial serious works ever written at the subject." whereas Hodeir's principles sparked common debate, his learn of jazz improvisation and his use of song concept shed new gentle at the intricacies of jazz composition and association and helped release a brand new period of jazz criticism.

This new quantity, which collects items from Hodeir's 3 books of jazz writings-and one new essay by no means prior to released in English-will introduce Hodeir to a brand new iteration of jazz lovers and students alike, and turn out his paintings to be as proper this present day as whilst he wrote it. Jean-Louis Pautrot's creation to the e-book, and his preface to every piece, is helping placed Hodeir's paintings in its right context.

André Hodeir, born in Paris in 1921, is a musical composer, critic, and novelist. he's most sensible identified for his experiences of jazz, which encouraged jazz feedback on each side of the Atlantic and world wide. a local of France, Jean-Louis J. Pautrot teaches modern French literature, movie, and tradition at Saint Louis college, the place he additionally directs the movie experiences software. he's the writer of l. a. Musique Oubliée, a psychoanalytical method of track within the novels of Sartre, Vian, Proust, and Duras.

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