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The tale of jazz for the overall reader because it hasn't ever been instructed sooner than, from the interior out: a finished, eloquent, scrupulously researched page-turner.

during this vibrant heritage of jazz, a revered critic and a number one pupil catch the buzz of America’s detailed track with highbrow chunk, remarkable perception, and the fervour of unabashed enthusiasts. They clarify what jazz is, the place it got here from, and who created it and why, all in the broader context of yankee lifestyles and tradition. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz lines the historical past of the song during the last hundred years. From ragtime and blues to the foreign craze for swing, from the heated protests of the avant-garde to the novel variety of today’s artists, Jazz describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators suffering for paintings, recognize, and cultural recognition set opposed to the backdrop of yank background, trade, and politics. With shiny photos through mythical jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is usually an arresting visible historical past of a century of tune. 38 pictures

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We stick with them to Chicago and long island within the Twenties, the “Jazz Age,” which observed the emergence of the first nice jazz soloist, singer, recording artist, and performer, Louis Armstrong, in addition to a iteration of improvisers encouraged by way of him, and the phenomenon of jazz-influenced, city dance bands, crystallized within the early triumphs of Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. half III: THE SWING period inside a decade of Armstrong’s first recordings as a pacesetter, his tune grew to become the root for the mainstream pop song of the U.S. and lots of the international. during this part, we speak about the social, political, and financial contexts for the intense crossover of a lately localized African American fashion into the industrial industry. We learn key bandleaders like Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, and Artie Shaw, and, particularly, the titans of big-band swing, Ellington and count number Basie. We then examine person performers who made up the nice Swing period bands, tremendous and small: the soloists, vocalists, and rhythm part gamers who reworked jazz into an more and more subtle song, atmosphere the degree for the palace coup to stick with. through the demanding instances of melancholy and warfare, the rustic had danced to swing. After the struggle, a sober reconsideration of America’s status on this planet and its difficulties at domestic introduced a depressing flip to the humanities. In an period of noir videos and motion portray, jazz used to be remodeled via bebop, the exhilarating virtuoso variety pioneered through Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie within the 1940s—a tune that favourite listening over dancing half IV: sleek JAZZ 7455_Jazz_FM_pi-xxi. indd xiv 11/24/08 3:49:33 PM INTRODUCTION ■ xv and required a deeper point of focus from the viewers. Bebop ended in cool jazz and tough bop, activities that ruled the Fifties, and a renaissance in jazz composition, exemplified via Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, and George Russell. but the critical figure within the postbop period used to be Miles Davis, whose bands helped to release different pioneers, together with Sonny Rollins, invoice Evans, and John Coltrane. during this final part, overlaying the second one half jazz’s first century, we abandon the standard try to define the song in a decade-by-decade demeanour. via this time, jazz started to offer substitute narratives. If bebop used to be a thorough reaction to swing, the avant-garde of the past due Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties was once a fair extra radical reaction to bounce, opposing the entire typical conventions of jazz: instrumentation, shape, dance-beat rhythm, and tonality. Bop remained the fundamental language of jazz whereas the avant-garde constructed into an ongoing parallel move, from the tumultuous “free jazz” of Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, throughout the musician cooperatives (the AACM) and loft jazz occasions of the Seventies and Eighties, to the overseas avant-gardism that keeps a cult-like devotion this present day. In opposite type, one other institution of jazz musicians mixed jazz and modern rock to provide fusion. such a lot debts of the fusion stream start with the electrical jazz-rock of the Nineteen Seventies, yet fusion has a much wider historical past than that, and is helping us to appreciate a number of significant advancements in postwar jazz which are often neglected through jazz historians.

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