James, (Sydney) Michael
- Robert Gannon
(b Reading, England, Sept 13, 1932; d Somerset, England, Jan 26, 1998). English writer . He studied at Reading University and in Strasbourg. His career as a jazz writer began in earnest in 1957, when he first wrote articles for Jazz Monthly, to which he continued to contribute until the magazine ceased publication in 1971. He also wrote many articles for the Jazz Review (1959–61) and Melody Maker (1978–80) and occasionally contributed to Coda and Jazz Forum. His brief monographs on Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie include not only biographies of their subjects and assessments of their influence but also detailed analyses of their recordings, which illustrate how the musicians departed from conventional harmony, rhythm, and phrasing to establish their own distinctive styles.
(selective list)Dizzy Gillespie (London, 1959) Ten Modern Jazzmen: an Appraisal of the Recorded Work of Ten Modern Jazzmen (London, 1960) Miles Davis...