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Jazz Styles: History and Analysis
For undergraduate courses in Jazz History, Jazz Survey, Evolution of Jazz, Introduction to Jazz, and Jazz Appreciation. America's most widely used introduction to jazz, it teaches the chronology of jazz by showing students how to listen and what to notice in each style. Though originally conceived for nonmusicians and written at a college freshmen reading level, Jazz Style ...more
Paperback, Ninth Edition, 418 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Prentice Hall
(first published 1978)
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I have the first edition which i just picked up at a used bookstore--its cover is way better--graffiti supposedly sprayed by crazed jazz fans! I picked this book out because (besides the cover) I want to learn some music theory and this book actually has a chapter on Ornette Coleman and a section on Sun Ra. I was getting frustrated that Ornette Coleman is always described as revolutionary-genious-influential in documentaries and then proceeds to get about 2 sec. of airtime and discussion..
Aug 09, 2007 Inggita rated it it was ok · review of another edition
Recommends it for: jazz enthusiasts
i learned about the two most important aspects of the music that make a composition considered as "jazz": improvisation (i get that), and a swing feeling (now this can't be read about). I had the 2nd edition of this title, and it didn't come with a CD so there's no way that i can learn why Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is considered by some as jazz for example.