Author(s): Stanley Crouch
This title offers the ultimate insider's look at jazz, from the pre-eminent - and always controversial - jazz critic Stanley Crouch. Stanley Crouch - critic, contrarian, and always controversial firebrand - has been writing about jazz and jazz artists for over thirty years. From off-the-cuff reviews of fly-by-night musicians performing in out-of-the-way clubs for one night only, to laudatory obituaries for unheralded musicians, and intimate, warts-and-all portraits of jazz legends, to theoretical essays that deconstruct and demystify the art of jazz in terms of respect and awe: Crouch can make people think, he can make them angry, but he always makes them listen. Now, at last, his writings on jazz are gathered into one superb collection. "Considering Genius" is the ultimate insider's look at jazz, the result of a lifetime of listening, playing, arguing and writing. In these thirty "writings on jazz", Crouch proves once again that he is the bull in the china shop of black intellectuals, and the philosopher king of a true American art form.
"Stanley Crouch is an intriguing case. He is often described as a maverick and a conservative, but as this excellent collection of essays on jazz illustrates, there's more to him than that." The Guardian "Crouch writes passionately and often provocatively, to the extent that even when you think he's showing off, you end up feeling he has a good point." Jazz Times"