Verve: The Sound of America (Hardcover)

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As a premier Jazz record label, Verve’s roster is quite literally a mid-century who’s who: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. This comprehensive peek into the archives– featuring photographs, artwork, session notes, contracts and correspondence– is an absolute must for Jazz fans. (Brian)


Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve. This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz. Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch, and twelve-inch records appear, along with publicity reports, news clippings, ledger books, telegrams, and contracts. The ultimate music guide, the book includes features on key artists as well as infographics and timelines that reveal the connections between leading artists and Verve. Looking beyond the music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the places, and the people who made jazz vital. Commentary from the biggest names in jazz today, including some of Verve s own artists, complements the text."

Product Details ISBN-10: 0500517142
ISBN-13: 9780500517147
Published: Thames & Hudson, 11/01/2013
Pages: 399
Language: English