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Jazz 9780393978803


ISBN-10: 039397880X
ISBN-13: 9780393978803
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
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Product Description: A vivid history of jazz in a classroom text by two exceptional authors'a leading scholar and a respected critic.

Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux write with intellectual bite, eloquence, and the passion of unabashed fans. They explain what jazz is, where it came from, how it works, and who created it, all within the broader context of American life and culture.


The broadest cultural and historical context for the genre with special emphasis on jazz as black music.

Although its musicians may be black, white, or any shade in between, jazz is an African American music. Its roots and grammar lie in Africa'polyrhythm, call and response, cyclic form, blue notes, timbre variation'but the way these elements are combined is uniquely African American. Jazz describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators struggling for work, respect, and cultural acceptance, set against the broad experience of American commerce and politics.

More direct engagement with the music than any other text and listening package.

An innovative repertory includes classic masterworks but also a rich selection of lesser known performances. With an ear for exceptional old and new recordings, Giddins and DeVeaux present a new vision of jazz and its ever-continuing vibrancy.

An extensive four-CD set'the best and most comprehensive for any textbook provides 75 landmark recordings covering a full century of jazz.

Detailed listening guides integrated throughout the text deliver timings and descriptions for all 75 works. Concise headnotes identify the musicians, the album number, and the date, style, and form. What to Listen For boxes summarize the take-away points.

Interactive Listening Guides for all 75 recordings offer students a dynamic and guided listening experience, and teachers a tool for classroom lectures.

Thoroughly covers the fundamentals.

The book teaches students how to recognize the sounds of jazz so they can follow the process of playing jazz as professionals would. Students learn how great musicians ingeniously vary two main forms?12-bar blues and 32-bar popular song'on the spur of the moment to create timeless performances. Two chapters on the Elements of Music provide a simple, accessible, and jazz-specific explanation of how the music works. Audio and Video demos and short sound clips illustrate essential concepts.

An arresting visual history, with exceptional photographs throughout'many by noted jazz photographer Herman Leonard.

In addition, Visualizing Jazz (an 8-page color photo essay) shows how jazz styles have changed from the early days of live-music posters and 3-minute 78s through the slick orange-and-black gatefold albums of Impulse LPs, to the modern, abstract art of today's CDs.

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