WorldCat Identities

Williams, Martin 1924-1992

Works: 131 works in 584 publications in 5 languages and 21,438 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Jazz  Biography  Discographies  Comics (Graphic works)  Reviews  Big band music  Bibliography  Live sound recordings  Blues (Music) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Performer, Compiler, Other, Commentator, Composer
Classifications: ML3561.J3, 785.42
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Martin Williams
Most widely held works by Martin Williams
The jazz tradition by Martin Williams( Book )

62 editions published between 1970 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 2,484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays profile sixteen jazz "greats" including Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane
The Smithsonian collection of newspaper comics by Smithsonian Institution( Book )

11 editions published between 1977 and 1988 in English and held by 1,831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examples from the Yellow Kid of 1896 to Peanuts, B.C., and Doonesbury
Smithsonian collection of classic jazz by Martin Williams( Recording )

44 editions published between 1973 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz heritage by Martin Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz Heritage brings together twenty years' of reviews, musicians' profiles, and critical essays by the renowned critic Martin Williams. This companion volume to the prize-winning The Jazz Tradition includes profiles of great performers at work in studios and clubs, "liner notes" for many classic recordings, and Williams's acclaimed critical essays on the artistry of Charlie Parker, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. Consistently eye-opening and original, these pieces are essential reading for jazz musicians, students, scholars, and fans
Jazz masters of New Orleans by Martin Williams( Book )

31 editions published between 1967 and 1979 in English and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Smithsonian book of comic-book comics by J. Michael Barrier( Book )

7 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reproductions from their first comic-book printings for such characters as Superman, Batman, Scribbly, Plastic Man, Captain Marvel, Little Lulu, Donald Duck, Pogo, and The Spirit
Where's the melody? : a listener's introduction to jazz by Martin Williams( Book )

28 editions published between 1964 and 1983 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Listeners are introduced to jazz using record notes
The art of jazz : essays on the nature and development of jazz by Martin Williams( Book )

35 editions published between 1959 and 1979 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz masters in transition, 1957-69 by Martin Williams( Book )

25 editions published between 1970 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Selected chronicles ... [including] reviews, interviews, brief profiles, and narratives of such events as rehearsals, recording dates, television tapings, and evenings in night clubs. All were originally written during the decade under examination ..."--Preface
Jazz in its time by Martin Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the current state of jazz and its development over the past twenty years
Griffith, first artist of the movies by Martin Williams( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz changes by Martin Williams( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz panorama, from the pages of Jazz review by Martin Williams( Book )

31 editions published between 1962 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz : new perspectives on the history of jazz by Nat Hentoff( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Big band jazz : [from the beginnings to the fifties]( Recording )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1991 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solomon Jazz Collection
TV, the casual art by Martin Williams( Book )

6 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hidden in plain sight : an examination of the American arts by Martin Williams( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to the United States in 1974, he announced that his hero as a dancer was Fred Astaire. Many Americans were surprised that a highly popular figure from the movies could inspire a classically trained European dancer, just as they would be surprised to hear Duke Ellington called a great composer in the same breath with Ravel. But these artists and others, writes Martin Williams, deserve such praise. Twentieth-century America, he argues, has produced a rich and innovative culture whose best artists should be a source of national pride. In Hidden in Plain Sight, acclaimed critic Martin Williams offers an eloquent celebration of the achievements of American culture. Americans, Williams writes, have labored under the sense that the art forms created on our shores are less valid than the traditional art forms of Europe. In these lucid essays, he shows how certain American artists have achieved a range and power of their own. Specifically rejecting such terms as "popular culture," Williams looks at such great, innovative artists as D.W. Griffith and Fred Astaire and shows how they virtually created their own genres of art with a uniquely American outlook and temperament. He offers a brilliant look at Duke Ellington, exploring the range and enormous volume of his work and describing how he worked with his orchestra in the same way great dramatists (Shakespeare among them) have worked with the specific talents of their actors. Williams looks at comic strips and finds in E.C. Segar's original "Popeye" a perceptive and prophetic comic comment on dictatorship done in 1936. He sees Walt Kelly as a kind of American Father Goose. He discusses the aesthetics of TV by looking at "Bullwinkle and Rocky." He provides freshly revealing accounts of the detective story, the gangster thriller, the radio satire of Fred Allen, and more. On the other hand, Williams seriously questions whether the United States has folk music in the traditional sense. In 1924, Gilbert Seldes published The Seven Lively Arts, a landmark account of the originality and value of American culture. Hidden in Plain Sight will be considered a Seldes for the 1990s--and yet it goes further, offering a celebratory critique, the writer Gary Giddins of the Village voice called Williams "one of the most distinguished critics (of anything) this country has produced."
King Oliver by Martin Williams( Book )

26 editions published between 1960 and 1961 in 5 languages and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jelly Roll Morton by Martin Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 1961 and 1963 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Art of jazz : ragtime to bebop by Martin Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 1960 and 1991 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Jazz in its time
Alternative Names
Martin Williams US-amerikanischer Jazz-Kritiker und Kulturjournalist

Martin Williams (writer) Amerikaans journalist (1924-1992)

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Williams, Martin 1924-1992 musicologue

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Williams, Martin T. 1924-1992

Williams, Martin T. (Martin Tudor Hansford), 1924-1992

Williams, Martin T., musicologue

Williams, Martin Tudor Hansford.

Williams, Martin Tudor Hansford 1924-1992

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