ZAHOS | Cornell’s Critical History: Whitney Balliett ’51

By ZACHARY ZAHOS

COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

Whatever you think of The Sun, the neat fact is this paper stands on the shoulders of giants. You know about E.B. White ’21 and Kurt Vonnegut ’44, and how the latter famously said, “The Cornell Sun, thank goodness, showed me what to do with my life, and I did it.” But does it ring a bell when I mention the name Whitney Balliett ’51?

If it does, you must know a thing or two about jazz. You’ve heard not just Kind of Blue but Ascension, Speak No Evil and Brilliant Corners, too. Your fascination with this sound moved you to read up on its history, to discover what was in the air

Article source: http://cornellsun.com/blog/2015/03/17/zahos-cornells-critical-history-whitney-balliett-51/

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