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Davis, Francis 1946-

Overview
Works: 15 works in 113 publications in 2 languages and 6,178 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Interviews  Live sound recordings  Jazz  History  Documentary films  Televised performances  Trumpet music (Jazz)  Bop (Music) 
Roles: Author, Writer of accompanying material, Interviewer
Classifications: ML3521, 781.64309
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Francis Davis
The history of the blues by Francis Davis( Book )

40 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 2,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the history of blues music from its origins in the Mississippi Delta to its peak in Chicago right after World War II to its current popularity with whites in urban clubs. Includes a timeline showing how events in the larger society had an impact on the music
In the moment : jazz in the 1980s by Francis Davis( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Moment traces the rise of such 1980s stars as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Anthony Davis, David Murray, Bobby McFerrin, Stanley Jordan, and Billy Bang, while assessing the continuing influence of such father figures as Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, George Russell, John Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell. In the process Francis Davis discusses the low visibility of jazz in the media, the uneasy relationship of jazz to pop, and the surprising emergence of the composer as the pivotal figure in what has always been regarded as the improviser's realm. Now updated with a new introduction, In the Moment is a superb companion to some of the best music and musicians of an eventful decade
Outcats : jazz composers, instrumentalists, and singers by Francis Davis( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new series of critical essays, artist profiles and pieces that skillfully combine both modes
Bebop and nothingness : jazz and pop at the end of the century by Francis Davis( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz is more popular than it has been since the early sixties. Every major record label is bringing out jazz reissues and new releases, and dating couples are turning up in the jazz clubs alongside the usual middle-aged male fans. But this popularity comes at a cost: Jazz has become identified with its past, and especially with bebop, the style that first dominated the jazz scene in the forties and fifties. Bebop started out as a daring departure from the conventions of swing, but ironically, many listeners and musicians now experience this style as a comfortable orthodoxy that defines the limits of jazz. In his third collection of essays, Francis Davis shares his insights into this new jazz mainstream: the greatness of its sources, the sterility of performance that follows those sources too closely. He also conveys his listening experiences beyond the mainstream - from the futuristic jazz of the avant-garde to the pre-forties styles that some performers continue to develop, at the risk of being labeled old hat. Finally, Davis leaves behind the boundaries of jazz altogether, pursuing its adventurous spirit into a broader musical territory that includes musical theatre, rock, and rap
Afterglow : a last conversation with Pauline Kael by Pauline Kael( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The movie critic talks about her life, her career at the New Yorker, and the present state of the cinema and popular culture
Jazz and its discontents : a Francis Davis reader by Francis Davis( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Bob Hope to Sun Ra, from the jazz age to middle age, with thoughts on everything in between, Francis Davis has been writing about American music and American culture for more than twenty years. His essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice among countless other publications from coast to coast. And now here is a selection of the most important writings of his impressive career - the quintessential Davis on everything from Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis, Jack Kerouac to Jerry Seinfeld, jazz to rap. And Davis's writing is as enjoyable as the culture of which he writes. The New York Times Book Review has compared Davis's work to "a well-blown solo." Wire said that Davis "packs in data, asides, and encapsulated opinions with enviable skill." No matter what the subject is, Jazz and Its Discontents shows as never before a writer of deep opinions and thoughtful insight - one of the most dazzling critics of our times."--Jacket
Like young : jazz and pop, youth and middle age by Francis Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You must believe in spring by Bill Evans( Recording )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like young : jazz and pop, youth and middle age like young by Francis Davis( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz and its discontents a Francis Davis reader by Francis Davis( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like young jazz and pop, youth and middle age by Francis Davis( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty activities for self-development by Mike Woodcock( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kind of blue by Miles Davis( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considered by many jazz fans and critics to be one of the genre's most definitive albums. All of the tracks have a relaxed and easygoing feel. Davis' backing band includes such legends as Cannonball Adderly and Bill Evans
Miles Davis : ilustrowana biografia by Sonny Rollins( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of community workers in the United Kingdom by A. D Francis( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The history of the blues
Alternative Names
Francis Davis Amerikaans non-fictieschrijver

Francis Davis journaliste et écrivain américain

Francis Davis US-amerikanischer Jazzautor

فرانسیس دیویس نویسنده آمریکایی

Languages
English (110)

Polish (1)

Covers
In the moment : jazz in the 1980sOutcats : jazz composers, instrumentalists, and singersBebop and nothingness : jazz and pop at the end of the centuryAfterglow : a last conversation with Pauline KaelJazz and its discontents : a Francis Davis reader