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Jazz, a Century of Change: Readings and New Essays by Lewis Porter

This book appeared in print before Porter’s Coltrane study (see the June issue of JT) but arrived for review only recently. Though it is not the monument of scholarship represented in the Coltrane book, it is a fine addition to the ever-expanding library of high-quality jazz literature.

Jazz, a Century of Change is a collection of disparate articles, some complete and some condensed, organized chronologically and linked by Porter’s commentary. It complements nicely some earlier anthologies, such as Traill’s Concerning Jazz (1958), Hentoff/McCarthy’s Jazz (1959), Williams’s The Art of Jazz (1959), and Zwerin’s Close Enough for Jazz (1983).

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