Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz-Jazz of the ’60s Vol. 3 (Exodus Records EXS-6003)

Created in the 1940s by graphic designer Gene Deitch, “The Cat” is a passionate collector of traditional jazz whose enthusiasm (and occasional myopic dogmatism) still rings true among today’s music fanatics; his work can be found in The Cat On a Hot Thin Groove (Fantagraphic Books, 2003), an essential collection of the man’s art and design from Record Changer magazine. Deitch describes the 1946 cartoon below as “a partisan blast at the despised Leonard Feather [parodied here as Brayhard Leather]…perceived by we purists as one who was enriching himself by his various promotions of ‘borderline’ jazz.”

Twenty or so years later, populariser Feather was still hard at it, compiling albums of “borderline jazz” and blues that now define a certain 50s/60s commercial vibe. And in Full Magnifonic Stereo to boot.

Published in: on April 20, 2011 at 7:42 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. […] late 50s (?) collection of late 40s to mid 50s jazz biggies was compiled as a sort of companion to Leonard Feather‘s tome The Book of Jazz. And it is from a chapter on improvisation that liner note writer […]

  2. The artist’s name should read Gene Deitch; he went on to quite a distinguished career in cartoon animation, and as far as I know is still very much alive at this writing.

    • You’re absolutely right, thanks for the heads-up. I must have taken so much time making sure that difficult surname was correct that I took my eyes off the first-name ball. It has been edited to reflect your correction.

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