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“Tocar la vida. El músico de jazz: vueltas en torno a una especie en extinción” (“Play Life. The Jazz Musician: Thoughts on an Endangered Species”) (Chema García Martínez, Alianza Editorial) Prologue: Ben Sidran
“Here you’ll not only find chronicles, profiles, interviews, semblances, obituaries (not to mention a cooking recipe, a musical travel guide and a hidden blindfold test), there is also a sentimentally sonorous biography in which all his personal memories add great value. Partly because it is a book about jazz that gets close up, let’s say, to his experiences. It doesn’t shirk away from hand-to-hand contact. In this “Tocar la vida”, not only is there a journalist, a critic or a writer, there’s a jazz author”.
Adolfo Montejo Navas, poet, critic, and art curator.
“El músico de jazz: vueltas en torno a una especie en extinción”
(“The Jazz Musician: Thoughts on an Endangered Species”)
With the participation of the author, José Manel Gómez, “Gufi” (musical journalist), Javier López de Guereña (musician and composer) and Guillermo McGill (musician)
The “Classical Music of the 20th Century” is searching for its place in the 21st century. The oft announced death of the genre may have more to do with the context in which the creator moves than with his or her music. In times of globality, jazz has been sent back to the catacombs it should have never left, some say. “Legends die”, writes Yahvé de la Cavada in El País, “Long live the future!”
José María “Chema” García Martínez was born in Madrid in 1957. He has been a jazz critic for El País newspaper since 2004. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the magazines Quartica Jazz and Cuadernos de Jazz, and he is the delegate in Spain of the European Jazz Federation. He has been living in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the past eighteen months.
He is the author of “From Foxtrot to Flamenco Jazz. Jazz in Spain 1919-1996”(“Del fox-trot al jazz flamenco. El jazz en España, 1919-1996”) (Alianza Editorial, 1996), “This is Jazz. The 101 + 101 best records in history” (“Esto es jazz. Los 101 + 101 mejores discos de la historia”) (Alianza Editorial, 2012) and “Play Life. The Jazz Musician: Thoughts on an Endangered Species” (‘Tocar la vida. El músico de jazz: vueltas en torno a una especie en extinción”) (Alianza Editorial, 2019).