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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Jazz by Gary Giddins. Jazz by Gary Giddins. They explain what jazz is, where it came from, and who created it and why, all gar the broader context of American life and culture.

Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years. With vibrant photographs by legendary jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is also an arresting visual history of a century of music. Hardcoverpages. Published October 26th by W. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Jazzplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 24, Frank rated it it was amazing.

Gary Giddins: 101 Ways To Get Into ‘Jazz’

The unique listening guides elevate this book to the “it was incredible” level of a a five star rating. Hey guess what Ken Burns? Jazz didn’t die when Coltrane did. There was actually Gady very interesting music happening in jazz post ‘ 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 nazz of the av 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. This history of jazz book, Scott DeVeaux’s imaginatively titled “Jazz” is the slight winner of the two.

DeVeaux’s book is slightly more academic but if you are looking to girdins about all the forms of jazz this is the book for you. Garg Burn’s book wins is gsry is more emotional involvement but because of that emotion it is less concise and Burns plays favorites. 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.


So many kudos to DeVeaux’s history for not disregarding my heroes. There are LOTS of great interactive features with this book and it even comes with 4 cd’s chronicling the history. Mine did not because I bought it used but I want to seek these cd’s out.

I guddins both of these history of gzry books a “4 rating but in reality this volume is like a 4. We all probably know a jazz buff. I’ve known a few. 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 timesjazz 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 gididns tragedy and, well, love, in We all probably know a jazz buff. Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux tell what giddns 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.

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You can’t help but get caught up in the drama. This is 20th century American cultural history at its finest. And the authors don’t stop with powerful character studies. 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 gayr 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” jwzz i. There are even biddins laudatory comments about landmark rock albums.

There’s also a healthy respect for the blues tradition, which is quintessential to both jazz and rock. This isn’t to say that jazz is for everyone, but this book sure makes it sound inviting. A most excellent text on the subject. I had little to no knowledge of the subject, but after this am much more well-informed.

I got this from a college library, so I don’t know if the general edition from a bookstore would include this, but mine included 4 CDs, the Norton Jazz Recordings.

This is what makes it so excellent. giddnis

When the authors talk about a person, effect, type of music form or whatever, there’s a selection that illustrates audiates? According to the introduction there are 7 A most excellent text on the subject.

According to the introduction there are 78 Listening Guides to tracks, with “mostly nonmusicological garg of what happens from one passage to the next”, keyed to the track timer of giddlns player. I have no musical training and wouldn’t know a harmonic change if it bit me in the butt, so I need something to “show” me what they’re talking about. In all a comprehensive history of the art, with audio examples. Most recommended for absolute beginners, and maybe even others more knowledgeable would enjoy this.


This is an excellent book. I was quite familiar with jazz history, but still learned some things from the narrative; but, more than that, the numerous descriptions of pieces was incredibly helpful.

I didn’t have the accompanying CDs, but own a number of the described pieces. I found new insight in close listenings of things like Art Tatum’s “Over the Rainbow.

Jan 18, Paul Peterson rated it liked it. Excellent source for jazz aficionados and great overview for the casual listener, like myself. All the most influential artists were covered and an outline of jazz history constructed.

I was able to greatly expand my jazz artist lists on pandora. Jun 14, Jimmy Winokur rated it it was amazing. Best jazz book I’ve found. IN additional to social and good biographical treatments, Giddens and his sidekick break history into analytic clusters especially beginning with Modern Jazz, i. Just greet reading, and reference source. Feb 22, Alex giddnis it as to-read. This looks cool and all, and Joanne even has the accompanying boxed set of CDs.

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.

Visions of Jazz

Apr igddins, Sam Poole rated it liked it Shelves: Sprawling and enlightening at points, excessive and misguided at others.

Annoying tendency to downplay race and identity politics to focus on strict history. Clear agenda missed at points. Quick read and pretty complete. Aug 26, Matt rated it really liked it. Fantastic introduction to jazz and its many paths and variants throughout the 20th century. The book includes analyses – down to the second – of several dozen tracks, most of which are mazz to find and listen to on Spotify.

Enjoyed this comprehensive but thoroughly readable history of jazz music. The listening notes are particularly good. Co-writer Gary Giddins appeared in the Ken Burns Jazz series, but for my money this book gives a more giddisn treatment giving a fair coverage of music beyond the 60s. Jun 02, Walton rated it liked it Shelves: Great look at the progression of jazz from New Orleans to Bebop to Fusion and beyond.

The listening jaazz are a particular highlight. Apr 18, Jon Allor rated it it was amazing. Covers major and minor artists, short chapters with music CD’s extra purchase that follows the book.

Good views on jazz theory and aspects. Loads of incite and information. Apr 23, Mark rated it it was amazing. History of jazz through its music with second by second analysis of key songs. Takes jazz knowledge and appreciation to the next level. Gregory rated it liked it May 30,