Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide

Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide

Kevin Whitehead


What was once the 1st jazz checklist? Are jazz solos particularly improvised? How did jazz lay the basis for rock and kingdom song? In Why Jazz?, writer and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead offers energetic, insightful solutions to those and plenty of different attention-grabbing questions, delivering an enjoyable consultant for either beginner listeners and long-time lovers.
geared up chronologically in a handy query and solution layout, this tremendous source makes jazz obtainable to a vast viewers, and particularly to readers who have stumbled on the track bewildering or most sensible left to the specialists. but Why Jazz? is even more than an informative Q&A; it concisely strains the century-old heritage of this American and worldwide paintings shape, from its beginnings in New Orleans up throughout 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 development blocks of the jazz sound--call and reaction, rhythmic contrasts, custom-made functionality ideas and improvisation--and dialogue of ways visionary musicians have reinterpreted those components to continually redefine jazz, ushering within the swing period, bebop, cool jazz, difficult bop, and the avant-garde. alongside the way in which, Why Jazz? presents worthy 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 Nineteen Sixties, Why Jazz? teams latter-day musical developments through decade, the higher to put them in old context.
even if learn in self-contained sections or as a continual narrative, this compact reference provides a trove of crucial details that belongs at the shelf of a person who is ever been attracted to jazz.

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