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A New History of Jazz: Revised and Updated Edition

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Alyn Shipton is on the editorial board of the new Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, to be released in late 2006, and this new edition of "A New History of Jazz" will be referenced throughout to tracks in this new multi-CD collection of essential jazz recordings.

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Paperback, 816 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 2001)
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Bill  Kerwin
Aug 15, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A scholarly, comprehensive history of jazz. Shipton is particularly good at showing the early contributions of individual white musicians, the formative influence of black vaudeville and the contribution of territory bands and obscure local musicians to the development of more celebrated styles and sounds. Also, possibly because he is a European himself, he gives more attention to the importance of Europe both as a haven for American talent and the source of important jazz players in its own rig
Gijs Grob
Alyn Shipton's 'New History of Jazz' is a voluminous book, and it took me more than a year to read it. Shipton is at his best in pre-war jazz. Practically half of it is devoted to developments before Bebop, and the period after 1970 is described scantily. Moreover, most of Shipton's attention to free jazz is devoted to Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, while other players, like Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra are merely mentioned. As a Briton Shipton has a healthy look on non-American jazz, but jazz ou ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Liam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, music
Finally finished! This book is a bit long even for my taste; Alyn Shipton pays special attention in this book to the formative era of Jazz as a style of music, going into great detail about pre-WWII musicians and the music they played. Less time is spent on the development of the music since the "Bebop Revolution" than perhaps is warranted in a history this ambitious, and since my own tastes in music tend not to go much further back than the early 1940s I was slightly disappointed that this was ...more
An excellent overview of the development of jazz, with interesting insight into it's precursors. The size of this text allows for a degree of depth that is not often seen in "survey" style literature. An excellent choice for someone interested in the history of the music.
Franco Vite
Mar 10, 2012 Franco Vite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storia-del-jazz
Veramente una "nuova storia del jazz". Soprattutto la prima parte, quella sulle origini, che apre prospettive che, ad ora, nessuno aveva proposto. Almeno nella nostra lingua.
Un libro fondamentale, per gli appassionati e i volenterosi (più di 1000 pagine...) che apre squarci ad ora poco o punto esplorati - sul free jazz, per esempio, e la scuola di Chicago in particolare (che mi sto ri-ascoltando in questi giorni, con enorme godimento!).
Un gran bel libro, da tenere sul comodino per poterlo consul
Deborah J.
May 07, 2012 Deborah J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first third of the book was intriguing with information about the roots of jazz that made me completely change my masterclass about the birth of jazz. After that, there was a bit of rambling and then some statements that were overly-opinionated.
Overall, I was very glad to have read it.
Apr 14, 2008 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was quite good. My only problem with this book is that the author had a tendency to ramble a little bit. The beginning history section was pretty boring, but once it got to the "Jazz Age" it started to get good. I would recommend this.
Aug 21, 2009 Djll rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jazz, music
Had a very hard time with this one. By this time I've read so many jazz histories, it's kind of stupid to take up another one, but it was a gift.
Good book, a little long but he does a very credible job of exploring the full history of the music.
Oct 03, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am reading this for background to ongoing jazz internship project. Great stuff.
Feb 15, 2008 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book. This one on Jazz!
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