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Jazz by Gary Giddins ,. Scott DeVeaux. They explain what jazz is, where it came from, and who created it and why, all within the broader context of American life and culture. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years.
With vibrant photographs by legendary jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is also an arresting visual history of a century of music. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published October 26th by W. More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jazz , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Jazz. Hey guess what Ken Burns? Jazz didn't die when Coltrane did. There was actually MORE very interesting music happening in jazz post ' Young musicians picked up instruments and pushed the envelope, extending what could be done in jazz.
But hey if Wynton said nothing happened after 68 and the avant garde was meaningless and "not jazz" then how you gonna argue with Wynton?
Having read two history of jazz books from the New Orleans beginnings until present in the past year this negation of the av Hey guess what Ken Burns? Having read two history of jazz books from the New Orleans beginnings until present in the past year this negation of the avant garde by Burns seems the differing factors in the two books. This history of jazz book, Scott DeVeaux's imaginatively titled "Jazz" is the slight winner of the two. DeVeaux's book is slightly more academic but if you are looking to learn about all the forms of jazz this is the book for you.
Where Burn's book wins is there is more emotional involvement but because of that emotion it is less concise and Burns plays favorites. At times Burns seems to be writing a dual biography of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington rather than a complete history. Deveaux states the facts surely and covers the same ground but it was refreshing to read about the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra and Albert Ayler among others.
I love jazz. So many kudos to DeVeaux's history for not disregarding my heroes. There are LOTS of great interactive features with this book and it even comes with 4 cd's chronicling the history. Mine did not because I bought it used but I want to seek these cd's out.
I gave both of these history of jazz books a "4 rating but in reality this volume is like a 4. We all probably know a jazz buff. I've known a few. Nice people in general, but their complete submersion and downright sorry snobbery about all other forms of music can be more than a little off-putting.
For this and other reasons no lyrics, difficult listening at times , jazz never seemed quite worth the effort. If only a great book like "Jazz" was around 25 years ago. Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux tell what is truly a fascinating story of artistry and beauty and tragedy and, well, love, in We all probably know a jazz buff.
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux tell what is truly a fascinating story of artistry and beauty and tragedy and, well, love, in their highly accessible new history of this most misunderstood of American art forms. You can't help but get caught up in the drama.
This is 20th century American cultural history at its finest. And the authors don't stop with powerful character studies. The book includes dozens of carefully written, yet non-condescending, measure-by-meaure explanations of dozens of songs and peformances key to the story.
Heck, they even explain what a "measure" is! With a little effort, the reader comes to understand what jazz is trying to do, how its genuises advanced the form and why it all matters. Best of all, the authors avoid the usual snide remarks about "simple" music i. There are even some laudatory comments about landmark rock albums.
There's also a healthy respect for the blues tradition, which is quintessential to both jazz and rock. This isn't to say that jazz is for everyone, but this book sure makes it sound inviting. A most excellent text on the subject. I had little to no knowledge of the subject, but after this am much more well-informed.
I got this from a college library, so I don't know if the general edition from a bookstore would include this, but mine included 4 CDs, the Norton Jazz Recordings. This is what makes it so excellent. When the authors talk about a person, effect, type of music form or whatever, there's a selection that illustrates audiates?
According to the introduction there are 7 A most excellent text on the subject. According to the introduction there are 78 Listening Guides to tracks, with "mostly nonmusicological descriptions of what happens from one passage to the next", keyed to the track timer of a player. These helped enormously. I have no musical training and wouldn't know a harmonic change if it bit me in the butt, so I need something to "show" me what they're talking about. In all a comprehensive history of the art, with audio examples.
Most recommended for absolute beginners, and maybe even others more knowledgeable would enjoy this. This is an excellent book. I was quite familiar with jazz history, but still learned some things from the narrative; but, more than that, the numerous descriptions of pieces was incredibly helpful. I didn't have the accompanying CDs, but own a number of the described pieces.
I found new insight in close listenings of things like Art Tatum's "Over the Rainbow. Jan 18, Paul Peterson rated it liked it.
Excellent source for jazz aficionados and great overview for the casual listener, like myself. All the most influential artists were covered and an outline of jazz history constructed. I was able to greatly expand my jazz artist lists on pandora. Jun 14, Jimmy Winokur rated it it was amazing. Best jazz book I've found. IN additional to social and good biographical treatments, Giddens and his sidekick break history into analytic clusters especially beginning with Modern Jazz, i.
Be Bop: rhythm, composition, etc. Just greet reading, and reference source. Feb 22, Alex marked it as to-read. This looks cool and all, and Joanne even has the accompanying boxed set of CDs. Which makes it more of a project than a book, so I'm psyched to get to it sometime when I have a month of Sundays to kill. Apr 18, Sam Poole rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , 3-stars-in Sprawling and enlightening at points, excessive and misguided at others.
Annoying tendency to downplay race and identity politics to focus on strict history. Clear agenda missed at points. Quick read and pretty complete.
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