Ted Gioia



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The History of Jazz

4.06 avg rating — 3,953 ratings — published 1997 — 25 editions
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How to Listen to Jazz

4.08 avg rating — 1,175 ratings — published 2016 — 11 editions
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Delta Blues: The Life and T...

4.23 avg rating — 525 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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The Jazz Standards: A Guide...

4.42 avg rating — 333 ratings — published 2012 — 15 editions
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Music: A Subversive History

3.86 avg rating — 300 ratings — published 2019
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West Coast Jazz: Modern Jaz...

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The Birth (and Death) of th...

3.65 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 2009 — 6 editions
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The Imperfect Art: Reflecti...

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Healing Songs

3.71 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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Love Songs: The Hidden History

3.83 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2014 — 7 editions
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“Jazz at this time is still mostly a group effort.”
Ted Gioia, How to Listen to Jazz

“When dealing with music, the personal is the political, and always has been.”
Ted Gioia, Music: A Subversive History

“By the way, this tells you why Auto-Tuned vocals on many contemporary records sound so shallow and lifeless. It’s almost as if everything we learned from African American music during the twentieth century was thrown out the window by technologies in the twenty-first century. The goal should not be to sing every note dead center in the middle of the pitch---we escaped from that musical prison a hundred years ago. Why go back? In an odd sort of way, much of contemporary pop music resembles opera, with all the subtle shadings of bent notes and microtonal alterations abandoned in the quest for mathematically pure tones.”
Ted Gioia, How to Listen to Jazz

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