New York: Leonard Feldman & Israel Young, 1958-. 4to, rebound into two volumes with original wrappers preserved, each in white boards backed in black cloth with black tips, with handwritten spine labels.
A significant assemblage of one of the most essential of all American jazz magazines, co-founded by Nat Hentoff and Martin Williams in 1958. The mysterious jazz critic and architect Hsio Wen Shih, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1965, is listed as art editor in later issues. The magazine was -co-published by Izzy Young of the Folklore Center.
The design and photography found on the covers and in the pages of Jazz Review were superb, and the content was far-ranging and illuminating. One feature that recurred was Jazz musicians writing on other jazz musicians, wirth remarkable results, such as Cecil Taylor on John Coltrane in Vol. 2 No. 1. Vol. 2 No. 3 includes Leroi Jones and his remarkable review of Buddy Tate at the Celebrity Club. Vol. 2 No. 10 includes the essay "Introducing Wayne Shorter" by Leroi Jones.
Hentoff's column "Jazz in Print," covering all sorts of jazz books and periodicals, is worth the price of admission along. One of the most amazing articles Rabbi Joseph R. Rosenbloom's essay Jazz at Narco", an account of jazz performances at the famed Addiction Research Center ast Lexington, Kentucky, where many famed musicans - includingh Sonny Rollins - took the "Lexington Cure."
There was also some material relating to jazz and poetry, including the article "What ever happened to Jaz and Poetry" by Bob Bolontz in Vol. 2, No. 2, and "The Blues and Their Lesson for the Modern Poet" by Howard Hart in Vol. 2. No. 4.
While all of the material is of high quality, several features are particularly distinctive: the regular reviews of musicians' work by other musicians; Hentoff's regular column "Jazz in Print", which deals with the politics of the music business as well as of the nation; and the incorporation of a wide range of musical styles and approaches to discussing jazz." - Jazz Studies Online.
With contributions across the issues from the editors and Leroi Jones, Mimi Clar, Hsio Wen Shih, Joachim Berendt, Stanley Dance, André Hodeir, Orrin Keepnews, Paul Oliver, Harvey Pekar, Ross Russell, William Russo, Gunther Schuller, Studs Terkel et al.
Rebound. Title label to spine of first volume faded, some light toning to boards and a touch of dustiness to edges fo the texty block, else fine. Item #29497