Cookin' examines the birth and development of two of the key jazz styles of the postwar era, hard bop and its offshoot soul jazz. Hard bop was the most exciting jazz style of its day, and remains at the core of the modern-jazz mainstream even now. It drew on the twin poles of bebop and the blues for its foundation, spiced up with gospel, Latin, and rhythm-and-blues influences. It is characterized by greater technical proficiency as well as more elaborate harmonic structures. The work looks at the founding fathers of the form, Art Blakey and Horace Silver, and goes on to trace the music and its performers through its peak decade. The second installment of Kenny Mathieson's series of jazz histories provides a fine overview to one of the most exciting periods in the music's development and features profiles of Cannonball Adderley, Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, and J.J. Johnson, among others. "Mathieson writes well, and his insights into the music are keen." -- Jazz Times "This book will make readers want to return to ... the recordings which the author describes in clear and enthusiastic terms." -- Jazz Journal International
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Kenny Mathieson is a freelance writer who specialises in music; he writes regularly for The Scotsman and The List among other publications. Cookin' is his second work, although he has contributed to a number of reference books.Review:
"Mathieson's descriptions of what they brought to the bandstand and the recording studio are fondly graphic, in well-chosen phrases . . . extremely readable." —Jazz Review
"Mathieson writes well, and his insights into the music are keen." —Jazz Times
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