In this vivid history of jazz, a respected critic and a leading scholar capture the . Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux tell what is truly a fascinating story of artistry. JAZZ Scott Deveaux and Gary Giddins _e19_p indd 11/24/08 PM JAZZ i 11/24/ The story of jazz as it has never been told before, from the inside out: a comprehensive, eloquent, scrupulously researched page-turner. In this vivid history of.

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History of jazz through its music with second by second analysis of key songs. Excellent source for jazz aficionados and great overview for the giedins listener, like myself. Thoroughly researched and carefully documented, yet written in an entertaining and enjoyable narrative style, this is truly a book for jazz lovers of all backgrounds. I have no musical training and wouldn’t know a harmonic change if it bit me in the butt, so I need something to “show” me what they’re talking about.

King Oliver, who gave Louis Armstrong his big break, died penniless working as a Giddina pool-room janitor, long since unable to play his trumpet because of rotting gums.

Michele rated it really liked it Nov 19, Jazz Form and Improvisation. Return to Book Page. And Ellington, a native of Washington, deliberately moved jazz away from its Southern roots, “channelling the city’s cosmopolitanism” into something “smart, urban, fast moving, glittery, independent and motivated.


The first pages or so begin with a look at the elements and instruments defeaux jazz, rhythm, melody and scales, and at the structures of hazz form and improvisation. According to the introduction there are 78 Listening Guides to tracks, with “mostly nonmusicological descriptions of what happens from one passage to the next”, keyed to the track timer of a player.

Reviewed by Joe Queenan.

Review: Jazz, by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux

It is also dense, demanding and fundamentally a scholarly text. Annoying tendency to downplay race and identity politics to focus on strict history.

Jazz studies usually focus on facts and figures or appreciation and interpretation. According to the introduction there are 7 A most excellent text on the subject. In all a comprehensive history of the art, with audio examples. Jaco Pastorious, who anchored Scoty Report, was the first sideman to play the electric bass exclusively, scorning the upright model. I had little to no knowledge of the subject, but after this am much more well-informed.

Loads of incite and information. This is 20th century American cultural history at its finest. Refresh and try again.

Review: Jazz, by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux – The Globe and Mail

Ellington achieved lift-off after he appeared at the Cotton Club in December, At first glance this page dveeaux might look a little daunting. They note that the city of New Orleans has never lost its mythological status as the birthplace of jazz even though virtually everything important that has happened in the idiom in the past 90 years took place in Manhattan.


Quick read and pretty complete.

Contents Jazz Form and Improvisation. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 13, The parsing of the selected recordings is brilliantly done, and this feature alone makes the book a sscott, for beginners and seasoned fans.

Fantastic introduction to jazz and its many paths and variants throughout the 20th century.

IN additional to social and scptt biographical treatments, Giddens and his sidekick break history into analytic clusters especially beginning with Modern Jazz, i. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Retrieved from ” http: We all probably know a jazz buff. From inside the book.

Jazz by Gary Giddins

There was actually MORE very interesting music happening in devveaux post ‘ By signing up you agree to W. Jan 24, Frank rated it it was amazing. David rated it really liked it Mar 04, Most recommended for absolute beginners, and maybe even others more knowledgeable would enjoy this.