WaPo on "The Birth (And Death) of the Cool"

by Brendan Wolfe

In this morning's Post, Carolyn See reviews Ted Gioia's "The Birth (And Death) of the Cool," which features a chapter on Bix Beiderbecke. From the review:

"The author is a musician, music historian and very active businessman. Thus, he's looking at the world through a pair of spectacles with two very different lenses: jazz and commerce. As far as I can see, his perceptions and insights about jazz, the actual 'birth of the cool' (as a mind-set as well as a point of view about musicianship) are flawless. His chapters on Beiderbecke, Young and Davis are what reviewers like to call lapidary; they are jewel-like, particularly the pages about Miles playing with Charlie Parker in the early New York days. The prose is so strong, simple and evocative that it brings the reader almost to tears with longing. What wonderful nights! What insanely terrific music! What a marvelously enchanted meeting of minds and sensibilities! The book is worth much more than its price for these three chapters alone."

Read the full review here:


Posted on Dec 18, 2009, 5:05 AM

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