Alongside original chapters on such great vocalists as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Joe Turner, and Alberta Hunter, American Singers now includes fresh portraits of Mel TormÃ©, Julius La Rosa, George Shearing, and Peggy Lee. Balliett has also rounded out his study of the masters of the cabaret to include Julie Wilson, and has extended his profile of America's great songwriter and composer, Alec Wilder.
In the three decades that Whitney Balliett has written for The New Yorker, critics and the general public have widely praised his writing. The late Philip Larkin described him as a "writer who brings jazz journalism to the verge of poetry," and Gene Lees called him "one of the most graceful essayists in the English language on any subject." American Singers beautifully illustrates that unmatched style.
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