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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All the most influential artists were covered and an outline of jazz history constructed.

Aug 26, Matt rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. 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.

The Cotton Club, located in Harlem, was not open to blacks.

Annoying tendency to downplay race and identity politics to focus on strict history. Jan 18, Paul Peterson rated it liked it. Actually, it should not come as that much of a surprise that raucous, ebullient foot-stomping music has never been the calling card of gifdins named Ashton or Gwyneth.

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. To ask other readers questions about Jazzplease sign up. Having read two history of jazz books from the New Orleans beginnings until present in the past year this negation of the av Hey guess what Ken Giddkns

Books by Gary Giddins. This is quite instructive, and even fun, but it also reinforces the notion that Jazz is less a narrative than a primer. Clear agenda missed at points. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Clear agenda missed at points.


Discussing Kenny G and other cultural saboteurs, they write: It is also dense, demanding and fundamentally a scholarly text. Jaco Pastorious, who anchored Weather Report, was the first sideman to play the electric bass exclusively, scorning the upright model.

In fact, the museum already exists in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis’s well-intentioned but oddly stultifying Temple of Swing that titans like Sonny Rollins have avoided, presumably because they still believe that jazz belongs in clubs, concert halls and even parks, but not in elegant mausoleums. Co-writer Gary Giddins appeared in the Ken Burns Jazz series, but for my money this book gives a more balanced treatment giving a fair coverage of music beyond the 60s.

Most recommended for absolute beginners, and maybe even others more knowledgeable would enjoy this. You can’t help but get caught up in the drama. The parsing of the selected recordings is brilliantly done, and this feature alone makes the book a must, for beginners and seasoned fans. It directs the reader to specific tracks on specific records and walks the reader through the ways each number develops.

Emre Avan rated it it was amazing May 31, Buddy Bolden, who actually did invent jazz, also deveajx in a mental institution. Giddins and Ceveaux are critics in the purest sense of the word, in that they are not afraid to make judgments about the quality of this or that performance, or even of this or that career.

Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. I gay 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The listening guides are a particular highlight. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback globeandmail. With vibrant photographs by legendary jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is also an arresting visual history deveeaux a century of music.


Quick read and pretty complete.

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History of jazz through its music with second by second analysis of key songs. Published February 19, Updated November 29, In similar vein, and on another not dissimilar form, may we also recommend Delta Blues by Ted Gioia. His memoir Closing Time will be published in paperback in March.

In addition, the authors put several seminal jazz recordings under the microscope, providing a detailed, virtually second-by-second analysis and description of the music. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 13, In all a comprehensive history of the art, with audio examples.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct. Hey guess what Ken Burns? Covers major and minor artists, short chapters with music CD’s extra purchase that follows the book.

Review: Jazz, by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux

This book is destined to become an important resource, one that confronts crucially important musical and social issues in depth—and giddinx passion. Heck, they even explain what a “measure” is!

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. This is followed by devdaux glossary of selected singers and musicians on 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.

This history of jazz book, Scott DeVeaux’s imaginatively titled “Jazz” is the slight winner of the two.

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