In this vivid history of jazz, a respected critic and a leading scholar capture the . Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux tell what is truly a fascinating story of artistry. JAZZ Scott Deveaux and Gary Giddins _e19_p indd 11/24/08 PM JAZZ i 11/24/ The story of jazz as it has never been told before, from the inside out: a comprehensive, eloquent, scrupulously researched page-turner. In this vivid history of.
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At first glance this page volume might look a little daunting.
Do not be daunted. If you want a small deveayx book which merely scratches at the surface and can probably be digested in a sitting or two, look elsewhere.
On the other hand, if you want an extremely readable and comprehensive book on jazz which can not only be read cover to cover, but also retained as a work of reference to use again and again, I doubt if this can be bettered. I gidins as somebody who has been passionate about pop and rock music since the jxzz of Beatlemania, yet is fascinated by the history of jazz as well as classical and other genres and its main practitioners, even if it will never be my first musical love, and has a musical ear of sorts even if I have never yet learned to ‘read the dots’.
Veveaux the authors stress in their introduction, this book does not require musical knowledge or ability, and it is not an encyclopedia.
The first pages or so begin with a look at the elements and instruments of jazz, rhythm, melody and scales, and at the structures of jazz form and improvisation. A more or less chronological history of the music then follows, from its origins in the spiritual folk and blues genres of the late 19th century to the fusion, acid jazz and other offshoots of the present day.
In addition, the authors put several seminal jazz recordings guddins the microscope, providing a detailed, virtually second-by-second analysis and description of the music. This is followed by a glossary of selected singers and musicians giddns primary jazz instruments, a glossary, a section on collecting jazz recordings including an essential discography listing albums or collectionsand a directory of jazz on film.
One of the book’s most telling points is the statement that No musical form grows in a cultural vacuum.
It has always borrowed from other forms blues and jazz could never be put into separate pigeonholesand as saxophonist Dexter Gordon once said, it is an octopus – it will take whatever it needs or can use. Certain artists who may not be strictly considered as belonging to the genre, such as Bing Crosby, Frank Gixdins, Nat King Cole and Ray Charles, are all given due jasz. I also like the way in which the authors examine the relationship between the jazz world and its external musical and historical influences.
There are several paragraphs about the development of electrical recording inwhich was largely responsible for the widespread development of the 78 rpm disc and of radio across America, and a few pages later about the economic depression which came close to destroying the record companies, with sales of discs plunging disastrously between and Some twenty years on, we read about the effect that rock’n’roll and ‘the new barbarians’ devraux Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and a little later the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – had on the music industry which jazz had previously regarded as its own.
Contrary to what some musicians had feared, it was not all over for them. This book is a first-class read, and I devaux see it remaining a standard work for gaty time to come.
In similar vein, and on another not dissimilar form, may we also recommend Delta Blues by Ted Gioia. Just send us an email and we’ll put the best up on the site.
John Csott der Kiste. Retrieved from ” http: Personal tools Log in. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Jazz by Gary Giddins and Scott Deveaux.
A full history of jazz from its 19th century roots to the present day. Throughly readable, with several appendices including a select discography, it will also serve as an excellent work of reference.