Updated November 29, Published February 19, This article was published more than 10 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Share Some books are meant to be read and some books are meant to be referred to. Jazz, an encyclopedic undertaking co-written with jazz historian Scott DeVeaux, falls into the second. It is vast, thorough, illuminating, thought-provoking, beautifully written and very entertaining. It is also dense, demanding and fundamentally a scholarly text.
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Start your review of Jazz Write a review Shelves: , music , history , jazz , non-fiction Hey guess what Ken Burns? 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 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. 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. I gave both of these history of jazz books a "4 rating but in reality this volume is like a 4. 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.
This is 20th century American cultural history at its finest. 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.
ISBN 13: 9780393937060
This streamlined second edition exposes students to the expressive power of jazz and brings its greatest players to life. With an emphasis on engagement with the music, this new text gives students all the guidance and inspiration they need to fully understand jazz. He has taught jazz history at the University of Virginia for more than 25 years. DeVeaux provides academic clout and formal rigor, bringing to bear a strong foundation in musicological methodology. 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.
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