The Jazz Tradition

The Jazz Tradition
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When it was first published in 1970, this lively and fascinating book was greeted with almost universal acclaim. The American Record Guide called it “the best one-volume of jazz we have,” and the Jazz Journal praised it as “a brilliant study of the whole of jazz.” Perhaps the greatest tribute was paid by Louis Armstrong himself who raved: “it held Ol’ Satch spellbound.” Now thoroughly revised and expanded, the new edition of The Jazz Tradition offers readers a unique history of jazz, as seen through its greatest practitioners. An original blend of history and criticism, this book explores the work….

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Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend

Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend, Book & CD
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Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend is a photographic presentation of the life, times and music of “that ace drummer man.” With over 200 photos that span six decades of jazz history, this most visual of performers, the man who made the drums a solo instrument, comes alive like never before. Contributing their own singular and often heartfelt insights about Gene are the finest percussionists in music today, including Phil Collins, Tommy Aldridge, John Blackwell, Peter Erskine, Ed Shaughnessy, Peter Criss, Kenny Aronoff, Alphonse Mouzon, Carl Palmer, Dave Garibaldi, Carmine Appice, Alex Acuña, Neil Peart, and Steve….

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Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development (History of Jazz)

Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development (The History of Jazz)
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Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz, ranging from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties–Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and others–and the big bands and arrangers–Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, and especially Duke Ellington–placing their music in the context of the other musical cultures of the twentieth century and offering analyses of many great jazz recordings. Early Jazz provides a musical tour of the….

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Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age

Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age
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As Nat Hentoff says, “Hearing Bix for the first time was like waking up to the first day of spring.” Bix has always inspired such acclaim, for he was an unmatched master of the cornet. Ralph Berton was privileged enough to have been a fan—and younger brother of Bix’s drummer—just as Beiderbecke’s genius was flowering, before he died in 1931 at age twenty-eight. Listening from behind the piano, tagging along to honky-tonks and jam sessions, Berton heard some of the most extraordinary music of the century, and he brings Bix and his era alive with a remarkable combination of the….

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The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945 (History of Jazz)

The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945 (The History of Jazz)
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Here is the book jazz lovers have eagerly awaited, the second volume of Gunther Schuller’s monumental The History of Jazz. When the first volume, Early Jazz, appeared two decades ago, it immediately established itself as one of the seminal works on American music. Nat Hentoff called it “a remarkable breakthrough in musical analysis of jazz,” and Frank Conroy, in The New York Times Book Review, praised it as “definitive…. A remarkable book by any standard…unparalleled in the literature of jazz.” It has been universally recognized as the basic musical analysis of jazz from its beginnings until 1933. The Swing….

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It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record

It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record
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Here is quite simply one of the most original books about a jazz musician ever published–a biography-cum-discography that focuses in turn on fourteen major albums recorded by Miles Davis, using them as a jumping off point for an illuminating discussion of the turbulent life and work of the “Evil Genius of Jazz.” Richard Cook, a veteran writer respected throughout the jazz world, looks at such landmark recordings as Birth of the Cool, Miles Ahead, Kind of Blue, The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel, In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and Live at Montreux. Each of these recordings is….

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The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition
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The essential guide to recorded jazz, now in its ninth edition

Firmly established as the world?s leading guide to jazz, this celebrated reference book is a mine of fascinating information and insightful?often wittily trenchant?criticism. For this completely revised edition, Richard Cook and Brian Morton have reassessed each artist?s entry and updated the text to incorporate thousands of additional CDs and artists. The result is an endlessly browsable companion for jazz aficionados and novices alike.

The Oxford Companion to Jazz (Oxford Companions)

The Oxford Companion to Jazz (Oxford Companions)
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Jazz and its colorful, expansive history resonate in this unique collection of 60 essays specially-commissioned from today’s top jazz performers, writers, and scholars. Contributors include such jazz insiders as Bill Crow, Samuel A. Floyd Jr., Ted Gioia, Gene Lees, Dan Morgenstern, Gunther Schuller, Richard M. Sudhalter, and Patricia Willard. Both a reference book and an engaging read, the Companion surveys the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and Europe until the present. Along the way, each distinctive style and period is profiled by an expert in the field. Whether your preference is ragtime, the blues, bebop, or fusion,….

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Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65

Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65
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Giant Steps examines the most important figures in the creation of modern jazz, detailing the emergence of bebop through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Using this as its starting point, Giant Steps subsequently delves into the developments of jazz composition, modal jazz and free jazz. The music of each of these great masters is examined in detail and will provide both a fine introduction for the large audience newly attracted to the music but unsure of their direction through it, as well as an entertaining and informative read for those with….

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Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers

Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers
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A jazz writer for three decades, W. Royal Stokes has a special talent for capturing the initial spark that launches a musician’s career. In Growing Up With Jazz , he has interviewed twenty-four instrumentalists and singers who talk candidly about the early influences that started them on the road to jazz and where that road has taken them. Stokes offers a kaleidoscopic look at the jazz scene, featuring musicians from a dazzling array of backgrounds. Ray Gelato recalls the life of a working class youth in London, Patrizia Scascitelli recounts being a child prodigy in Rome who became the first….

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