Gardat Apr 23, Michael Pronko rated it really liked it. Jaz the academic title would indicate a baedeker on the same footing as Jazz for Dummies and other moron-series books. Often hard to get through, mostly due to the criticisms I describe later, in the end I was very happy I hazz it. Also, it covers jazz vocals in an appendix that removes it from the context of the history and the jazz styles examined earlier. Sign in or sign up to build your personalized All About Jazz experience!
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I did learn a few things so I will give it three stars but as expected this book is really for a more novice jazz listener and I would call the book more of a history of jazz then a Jazz book. To view it, click here.
The author begins with a wonderful disclaimer that gives the reader the proper expectation for how to interpret the information within. The first part of the book describes basics of jazz music: elements of its sound, musical composition, etc. I found this the most interesting part of the book. The rest continues into a dense history of jazz. Often hard to get through, mostly due to the criticisms I describe later, in the end I was very happy I read it.
Now when I hear the artists or styles he The author begins with a wonderful disclaimer that gives the reader the proper expectation for how to interpret the information within. I eventually stopped reading those, continuing instead with only the main text. However, the primary flaw with this or any academic book on musical topics is the missing element of sound.
He tries hard to describe musical concepts or artistic styles, but as truly a student at a "jazz " level of knowledge, I had a hard time grasping the musical sensibilities described in text.
Otherwise, an author who is obviously highly educated in jazz and many other realms of music has produced a useful collection of information for non- or novice-musicians hoping to expand their appreciation of jazz into the next level.
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Writers, reviewers, and a local DJ all weighed in with opinion. Although at times the discussion grew heated, motivations were always focused: What can be done to earn the ear of the greater public? John F. The back cover blurb promises as much as it reveals. It claims to target the jazz neophyte as well as "anyone who thinks jazz stopped developing in the s.
Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz