Concise Guide to Jazz (5th Edition)

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9780131733312: Concise Guide to Jazz (5th Edition)

This abridged version of Jazz Styles was developed in response to requests for an introductory book offering the clarity and accuracy of Jazz Styles with 1/2 the size, 1/4 the number of names and tune titles, and 1/3 the number of musician profiles. Using a simple, yet lively writing style, and an abundance of illustrations, it is easily accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of music–or any technical sophistication. Written by an active jazz musician and eminent jazz historian, this brief yet substantive introduction to jazz examines how jazz originated, how it is made, what to listen for, the major style eras, and the individual styles of 40 historically significant jazz musicians. These styles include early jazz (Dixieland); swing; bebop; cool jazz; hard bop; avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s; and jazz-rock fusion. For music lovers who want to increase their enjoyment of jazz.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

  • EASY-TO-FOLLOW LISTENING GUIDES are keyed to 99 track numbers, chorus-by-chorus, on the 76-minute Classics CD (ISBN 0-13-088792-7): 21 historic recordings by Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and many more.
  • The 72-minute Demonstration CD (ISBN 0-3-088694-7): 157 narrated illustrations of instruments and methods that jazz musicians use to make their music.
  • The text is available at a discounted package price combined with the 2 accompanying CDs (ISBN 0-13-088981-4), or with just the Classics CD (ISBN 0-13-088970-9), or with just the Demonstration CD (ISBN 0-13-088979-2).
  • Both CDs and a videocassette version of the Demonstration CD (Listening to Jazz by Steve Gryb; ISBN 0-13-532862-4) can be ordered by phoning 800-947-7700.
  • 99 STUNNING PHOTOS of top musicians at work, with captions summarizing their contributions.
  • ELEMENTS OF MUSIC APPENDIX offers an illustrated short course in the basics of music: rhythm, scales, blue notes, chord progressions, song forms, and tone color.
  • ALBUM BUYING STRATEGIES APPENDIX gives handy pointers for quickly selecting and locating the best albums.
  • APPENDIX FOR MUSICIANS has examples of modes, chord progressions, comping, and bass lines.

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Key Benefit: This second edition of this brief yet substantive introduction to jazz book presents a clear yet lively written style and examines the origins of how jazz is made, what to listen for, the major style eras and contributions of the biggest names in jazz. Key Topics: Features a large, airy page design, an abundance of photos and sketches, clear, non-technical language, and quick-reference numbered lists throughout. Offers complete chapters on each major style era -- early jazz (Dixieland), swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s, and jazz-rock fusion.

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