Let freedom swing : collected writings on jazz, blues, and gospel / Howard Reich ; foreword by Ellis L. Marsalis, Jr.
Author: Reich, Howard.
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780810127050 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0810127059 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Description: xix, 390 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Jazz History and criticism.
Jazz Illinois Chicago History and criticism.
Blues (Music) History and criticism.
Gospel music History and criticism.
Notes: Collected articles, previously published.
Contents: Born on the south side: exploring Chicago gospel, jazz, and blues, then and now (in three Parts) -- Can music save the church that gave birth to gospel? -- The drill sergeant of DuSable -- Faded blues -- Street scenes: music bubbling up from the pavement -- St. John the saxist -- A groovable feast -- In the home of jazz, swing definitely not the thing -- Heavenly choir -- Night school -- Havana's pulse: at the nexus of Afro-Cuban jazz -- Homegrown virtuosos -- "I may never get to the heart of jazz" -- Link to the past: Compay Segundo upholds the traditions of a more romantic era -- Back in the swing: the spotlight is finally reaching an early master of Afro-Cuban jazz -- Latin evolution: the remarkable Cachao is the real mambo king -- Sound architect: Buena Vista's unsung hero brings his band to Chicago -- Musings on Satchmo: behind the famous facade (in two parts) -- Jazz giant's private views show anger behind smile -- The thoroughly human side of a jazz virtuoso -- Crisis of culture in New Orleans: the aftermath of hurricane Katrina (in four parts) -- Battered by Katrina -- The long march back -- Treasures of music lovers now just so much debris -- The struggle to reclaim threads of the past -- Ellington's legacy: grasping an enormous oeuvre -- Maestro's mystique -- Fans recover Ellington's lost musical -- Silent for thirty-five years, Ellington's restored musical celebrates black culture, composer's genius -- Lost classics -- The unknown Ellington -- Sinatra songs: listening anew to the voice -- A bouquet for Sinatra -- Frank Sinatra: the virtuoso -- The memory of all that... -- "The sound of surprise": unexpected developments in jazz -- Let freedom swing -- The measure of jazz -- Completely hot: Live at the Plugged Nickel -- Maturity isn't the right key in today's jazz -- Landmark blues opera De Organizer powerfully reborn -- Lady has her say -- Gershwin reconsidered: assessing America's quintessential composer, a century later -- Bittersweet rhapsody -- Gershwin at one hundred -- Porgy and Bess -- Race music: crossing the color line-in sound -- "It took our minds off of the bad things" -- Coming to America -- Anniversary tune -- "Strange fruit": the song too painful to sing -- Chicago radicals: the alluring eccentrics of Chicago jazz -- Ragtime blues: Reginald Robinson -- Patricia Barber has built her career defying conventions -- Jazzman: Kurt Elling -- Jazz lovers are beating a path to Fred Anderson and his Velvet Lounge -- Chicago jazzman among "genius grant" winners: Ken Vandermark -- Profiles in jazz: major voices speak -- Herbie's blues -- Nobody knows the trouble she's seen: Dee Dee Bridgewater -- Ornette Coleman still blazing a musical trail -- The last diva: Lena Horne -- Von Freeman is Chicago jazz history -- Panama's vanished music: searching for the missing link of jazz-in Panama (in three parts) -- A culture with a lost past -- "I've got to go back home" -- Falling on deaf ears -- Farewells: final parting from the masters -- Legendary farewell: Lionel Hampton -- Sounding the trumpet: Miles Davis -- An underrated legend: Ella Fitzgerald -- A free-form life: Sun Ra -- Favors's spirit will live on through music -- Spirit of Dorsey's songs fills his "home-going".