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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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Someone, possibly Cole Porter, said that all songs are sad. I write as somebody who has been passionate about pop and rock music since the rise of Gidfins, yet is fascinated by the history of jazz as well as classical and other genres and its main practitioners, even if it will never be my first musical love, and has a musical ear gaey sorts even if I have never yet learned to ‘read the dots’. Hardcoverpages.

The history of jazz is in many ways the history of man’s triumph over adversity, or more accurately, the black man’ – and woman’s – triumph over adversity. Giddins and DeVeaux make readers think about jazz in new ways.

The story of jazz as it has never been told before, from the inside out: Some twenty years on, we read about the effect that rock’n’roll and ‘the new barbarians’ — Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and a little later the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – had on the music industry which jazz had previously regarded as its own.

From the outset, the authors make no concession to the contemporary reading public’s notoriously short attention span. Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are even some laudatory comments about landmark rock albums. DeVeaux’s book is slightly more academic but if you are looking to learn about all the forms of jazz this is the book for you.

The museum of musical taxidermy in question would presumably be curated by Wynton Marsalis, an industrious self-promoter many jazz lovers view more as an archivist, proselytizer and keeper of the flame than as an innovator. In all a comprehensive history of the art, with audio examples.

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Review: Jazz, by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux – The Globe and Mail

Jazz Form and Improvisation. Emre Avan rated it it was amazing May 31, A more or less chronological history of the music then follows, from its origins in the spiritual folk and blues genres of the late 19th century to the fusion, acid jazz and other offshoots of the present day.

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It is also dense, demanding and fundamentally a scholarly text. 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 av Hey guess what Ken Burns?

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. Apr 23, Mark rated it it was amazing.

Giddins and DeVeaux 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. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.


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Review: Jazz, by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux

From ragtime and blues to the international craze for swing, from the heated protests of the avantgarde to the radical diversity of today’s artists, Jazz describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators struggling for work, respect, and cultural acceptance set against the backdrop of American history, commerce, and politics.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Report an error Editorial code of conduct. I found new insight in close listenings of things like Art Tatum’s “Over the Rainbow.

If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail. I’ve known a few. Annoying tendency to downplay race and identity politics to scoyt on strict history. Kenny Chesney never had to deal with this kind of stuff. Published February 19, Updated November 29, Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors.

The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Books by Gary Giddins. The listening guides are a particular highlight.