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The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to Fusion and Beyond (1952)

by Joachim-Ernst Berendt

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Considered the most encyclopedic interpretive history of jazz available in one volume for more than 50 years, this reference has been completely revised and expanded to incorporate the dominant styles and musicians since the book's last publication in 1992, as well as the fruits of current research about earlier periods in the history of jazz. In addition, new chapters have been added on John Zorn, jazz in the 1990s and beyond, samplers, the tuba, the harmonica, non-Western instruments, postmodernist and repertory big bands, how the avant-garde has explored tradition, and many other subjects. This survey of past and current styles, elements, instruments, musicians, singers, and big bands of jazz continues to showcase an art form widely regarded as America's greatest contribution to the world's musical culture.… (more)
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For most jazz fans this a book to use for reference and to dip into from time to time. With that said, the parts I found most useful were the sections on styles of jazz, history, musical instruments, and the elements of jazz.
To me a huge disappointment was the almost complete absence of reference to, or inclusion, of British jazz. For example there is no mention of Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, Michael Garrick, John Dankworth, Graham Collier, Ian Carr, Norma Winstone, and so on.
I`ld like to know of a history of British jazz to go with this book.Perhaps this old edition I have has been updated recently to include such artists. I hope so. ( )
  djjazzyd | Mar 6, 2020 |
Should this be your first book about jazz? Yes, but you must start with small portions and use the Internet to sample freely as you proceed. The sheer amount of information on offer here makes this most decidedly a Jazz Tome, but one that can be dipped into freely, any time, for any reason.
 

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Man lernt nichts kennen, außer man liebt es. (Goethe)
Du mußt lieben, um spielen zu können. (Louis Armstrong)
Der wichtigste Beitrag, den du für die Tradition leisten kannst, ist, deine eigene Musik machen - eine neue Musik. (Anthony Davis)
In der Musik gibt es etwas, das mehr ist als Melodie, mehr als Harmonie: die Musik. (Giuseppe Verdi)
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Wenn in den Jazzsendungen des Südwestfunks Joachim-Ernst Berendts Stimme erklang - diese typische Mischung aus mahnendem Raunen und erotischem Flüstern -, fühlten sich auf seltsame Weise Menschen angesprochen, die sonst nie Jazz hören.
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Considered the most encyclopedic interpretive history of jazz available in one volume for more than 50 years, this reference has been completely revised and expanded to incorporate the dominant styles and musicians since the book's last publication in 1992, as well as the fruits of current research about earlier periods in the history of jazz. In addition, new chapters have been added on John Zorn, jazz in the 1990s and beyond, samplers, the tuba, the harmonica, non-Western instruments, postmodernist and repertory big bands, how the avant-garde has explored tradition, and many other subjects. This survey of past and current styles, elements, instruments, musicians, singers, and big bands of jazz continues to showcase an art form widely regarded as America's greatest contribution to the world's musical culture.

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