The sights and sounds of American jazz
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In 1959 and 1960, photographer William Claxton and noted
German musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled the United
States hot on the trail of jazz music. The result of their
collaboration was an amazing collection of photographs and
recordings of legendary artists as well as unknown street
The book Jazzlife, the original fruit of their labors, has
become a collector’s item that is highly treasured among
jazz and photography fans. In 2003, TASCHEN began
reassembling this important collection of material—along
with many never-before-seen color images from those trips.
They are brought together in this updated volume, which
includes a foreword by Claxton tracing his travels with
Berendt and his love affair with jazz music in general.
Utilizing the benefits of today's digital technology, a
restored audio CD from Joachim Berendt's original
recordings has been produced and is included in this
package. Jazz fans will be delighted to be able to take a
jazz-trip through time, both seeing and hearing the music
as Claxton and Berendt originally experienced it.
• Featuring photographs of Charlie Parker, Count Basie,
Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Gabor Szabo, Dave Brubeck,
Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis,
Charlie Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and many
• Includes bonus CD of digitally remastered recordings of
music made during Berendt and Claxton’s journey (originally
released in 1960 as two records)
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