Review from The Unofficial Ken Colyer Website:
reproduced by permission
of the Author
‘The Loudest Trumpet’ by Daniel
Published by toExcel. ISBN 1—58348-607-0.
Price $15.95 (USA)
by Brian Harvey
The figure of Buddy Bolden
has - as the cover blurb for this book states “been a source of gratification
for Jazz Buffs and critics, who long delighted to have a shadowy figure
as the first man to play the new music of New Orleans. He was mythologized
and mystified, because it was a good story and no-one had heard his music”.
Well - Daniel Hardie with
this book does the best job I have yet had the pleasure of
analysing the Bolden legend and turning it into what appears to be very
well researched and apparently accurate fact.
Using - with due acknowledgements
- the major earlier book about Bolden by Donald M. Marquis (In Search
Buddy Bolden - First Man of Jazz - ISBN 0-8071-1857—5) as a
source Hardie adds to this treasure trove of information to traces the
full history of Bolden and with superb musical insight sets
out who played
what type of music during the pre-jazz and early jazz years.
Thus we have for what I think
is the first time a critical - but highly readable - analysis and
of how jazz emerged from the classic ragtime of the 1890s and early
and more importantly for us - who played in what style in the
‘our’ music. It is not for me to repeat the findings of this seminal
work - let it suffice to say that with a clearly drawn ‘genealogical’
Hardie shows how we can trace Bolden’s style to that of Freddy Keppard,
Wooden Joe Nicholas and others.
This book is the best yet history
of the genesis of our music and in providing us with that it lifts the
veil of mystery from the many different types of sound that existed in
New Orleans in the early years of the last century. It explains how
came about and why and how Bolden was the key to it all and even makes
a case for the ODJB being a vital party of the story. Indeed there now
appears to be a case for that band having been the only one to have
what might be termed “pre-jazz”. You just have to read it - again and again
- and then make use of the lists of recordings in the Appendix.
Read more about this book at Dan
Hardie's own website:
Last updated 01-06-03 | ©
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