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Book Review: Jim Marshall’s Jazz Festival

A hefty new collection of photos follows the Monterey Jazz Festival—and American music—through the changing ’60s

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John Coltrane
Zoot Sims (left) and Stan Getz
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Jazz Festival (Reel Press), a stunning book of photographs by Jim Marshall, follows previous compilations of his work including not fade Away and Jazz. Featuring more than 300 images, most of them taken at the Monterey Jazz Festival during 1960-1966 (as well as one chapter of shots from Newport Jazz in 1963), it’s well designed and printed, a coffee table book as weighty as its subject.

Primarily a black-and-white shooter, Marshall was dedicated to his Leica Rangefinder, which enabled him to better frame and compose his photos. “When I shoot in black-and-white I always print the full negative with no cropping,” he writes in Not Fade Away. We can see Marshall’s unique eye for composition throughout this sumptuous 300-page collection.

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