Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development
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Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development

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Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz, ranging from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties--Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and others--and the big bands and arrangers--...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 1986 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 31st 1968)
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James Murrell
This is a comprehensive description of early jazz music. Within the first chapter Mr. Schuller explains the feel of swing rhythm in vivid detail beyond what I've ever read in any other book. I highly recommend this book to any serious student of American music or any fan of Jazz that wants to explore the music beyond just listening.
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Even if you don't agree with everything Mr. Schuller writes, he'll give you a lot to think about - and that's a good thing.
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