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It’s almost insignificant what the other musicians are doing around him, as long as they don’t get in his way. Jimmy Rushing Swinging the Blues The harmonic texture sounds like something you’ve never heard before. At times Burns seems to be writing a dual biography of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington rather than a complete history.

When it was over, I was literally in tears. Michele rated it really liked it Nov 19, The parsing of the selected recordings is brilliantly done, and this feature alone makes the book a must, for beginners and seasoned fans. Sprawling and enlightening at points, excessive and misguided at others.

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I was 15, and heard that and thought, ‘Oh, God, this is sad. John Coltrane Metamorphosis Here are Giddins’ selections and responses to each. Duke Ellington Jzz 3: Charles Mingus Bigger Than Death Enjoyed this comprehensive but thoroughly readable history of jazz music. It’s a great place to begin your investigation of Jason Moran.


Just greet reading, and reference source. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. He would play stride, swing, bop and free, as well as anybody was playing free.

Gerry Mulligan Beyond Cool Chick Webb King of the Savoy Bud Powell Strictly Confidential My library Help Advanced Book Search. It opens with a celeste, and it’s really corny. Stan Kenton Big When Stan giddkns, and you can feel the fatigue, Kenny’s response is to just play more. Quick read and pretty complete.

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Stan Getz Seasons Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years. 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.

Hey guess gidsins Ken Burns? I found new insight in close listenings of things like Art Tatum’s “Over the Rainbow. Coleman Hawkins Patriarch With vibrant photographs by legendary jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is also an arresting visual history of a century of music.


Charles Yaris rated it it was amazing Jun 21, In all a comprehensive history of the art, with audio examples. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years.

At the end of our interview, I asked him to select five songs from the book’s selected jazz recordings.

Good views on musical theory and aspects. This excellent book, which not only addresses musical theory but provides insight into the history of the art as well, will serve the general reader but can also be used to stimulate discussion groups and jazz workshops. By telling the story of jazz in its full cultural, musical, political, social, economic, and historical hiddins, Giddins and DeVeaux have given us one hell of a kick-ass book! Annoying tendency to downplay race and identity politics to focus on strict history.

Available Our Retail Price: I love Kenny Barronbut I don’t think Kenny ever played better piano than he does here.