An Annotated History of Jive
By Bill Milkowski
Billboard Books, 288 pages (paper), $18.95
reviewed by Don Rose
In those happy swing-filled days when jazz was America's popular music, when there were few lines drawn in the musical sand (other than those designed to keep the longhairs at bay), there was a language and a musical idiom shared by the hep (who would soon become hip).
We speak here of jive talk, the ancillary lingo to swing and jump music; a slang, an argot, a patois. But hey—as they say these days—jive was also a subset of swing music and jazz itself.