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Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development
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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Gunther Schuller presents a thorough musical analysis of the early history of jazz, from starting with its roots in west African music, ragtime, and the country blues. The bulk of the book covers the 1920's, ending with the start of the 1930's as the last rough edges of New Orleans jazz have been smoothed and the orchestras of Ellington and Basie perfected the big-band swing style. It must be emphasized that this is a musical analysis, heavy with notated examples from the recordings of the era, ...more
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.
Sep 09, 2014 Pepe rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Un privilegio ascoltare su youtube i brani citati e spiegati nel saggio - per un ascoltatore dilettante come me si rendono comprensibili e si contestualizzano suoni e intrecci che prima sentivo senza coglierne appieno il significato e la novità. Ottima la prima parte con una veloce e approfondito excursus sulle origini del jazz.