Taking on a sprawling and elusive notion like jazz is an ambitious enterprise. Jason Borge limits his perspective in this book mostly to representations of jazz by Latin American music critics and in film. Framing the book is the question of the reception of jazz in Latin America, specifically Brazil, Argentina and Cuba, and the politics of reception as refracted through issues of nationalism, race, and imperialism. As such, for readers who are acquainted with the many musicians and styles that populate the book, this is an informative and thorough account of the fortunes of jazz from the moments of its appearance to a waning “afterlife”...

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