By Jeffrey Magee
If Benny Goodman was once the "King of Swing," then Fletcher Henderson used to be the facility in the back of the throne. Now Jeffrey Magee bargains a desirable account of Henderson's musical occupation, throwing new mild at the emergence of recent jazz and the area that created it.
Drawing on an unheard of mix of resources, together with sound recordings and hundreds and hundreds of rankings which were on hand purely in view that Goodman's loss of life, Magee illuminates Henderson's musical output, from his early paintings as a brand new York bandleader, to his pivotal function in development the dominion of Swing. He indicates how Henderson, status on the leading edge of the recent York jazz scene in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and '30s, assembled the era's top musicians, concurrently keeping jazz's area of expertise and appearing well known dance track that reached a large viewers. Magee finds how, in Henderson's mostly segregated musical international, black and white musicians labored jointly to set up jazz, how Henderson's type rose out of collaborations with many key avid gamers, how those avid gamers deftly mixed improvised and written song, and the way their paintings negotiated inventive and advertisement impulses.
no matter if putting Henderson's existence within the context of the Harlem Renaissance or describing how the savvy use of community radio made the Henderson-Goodman kind a countrywide typical, Jeffrey Magee brings to lifestyles a huge musician who helped to form an period.
"An important survey of Henderson's lifestyles and music."
--Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
"Magee has written a major ebook, illuminating an period too usually decreased to its such a lot everyday names. Goodman could have been the King of Swing, yet Henderson right here emerges as that kingdom's leader architect."
"Excellent.... Jazz fanatics have waited 30 years for a expert musicologist...to evaluation Henderson's strengths and weaknesses and try and position him within the heritage of yankee music."
--Will Friedwald, New York Sun
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