Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide

Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide

Kevin Whitehead


What used to be the 1st jazz checklist? Are jazz solos rather improvised? How did jazz lay the foundation for rock and nation track? In Why Jazz?, writer and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead offers energetic, insightful solutions to those and lots of different attention-grabbing questions, supplying an wonderful consultant for either amateur listeners and long-time lovers.
geared up chronologically in a handy query and solution structure, this great source makes jazz obtainable to a vast viewers, and particularly to readers who have came upon the song bewildering or most sensible left to the specialists. but Why Jazz? is even more than an informative Q&A; it concisely lines the century-old heritage of this American and international paintings shape, from its beginnings in New Orleans up during the present postmodern interval. Whitehead offers short profiles of the archetypal figures of jazz--from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis and John Zorn--and illuminates their contributions as musicians, performers, and composers. additionally highlighted are the construction blocks of the jazz sound--call and reaction, rhythmic contrasts, custom-made functionality concepts and improvisation--and dialogue of the way visionary musicians have reinterpreted those parts to continually redefine jazz, ushering within the swing period, bebop, cool jazz, demanding bop, and the avant-garde. alongside the best way, Why Jazz? offers useful plain-English descriptions of musical terminology and strategies, from "blue notes" to "conducted improvising." and in contrast to different histories which haphazardly hide the stylistic branches of jazz that emerged after the Sixties, Why Jazz? teams latter-day musical developments by means of decade, the higher to put them in old context.
no matter if learn in self-contained sections or as a continual narrative, this compact reference offers a trove of crucial details that belongs at the shelf of somebody who is ever been attracted to jazz.

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