How to Listen to Jazz
by Ted Gioia
Editor: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
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Jazz is the great American art, its very essence is based on freedom and creativityThe sound, unequivocally, calls for stories of past and future struggles of dreamsYet jazz can be as impenetrable as it is fascinating, especially for strangers who don’t know what to do with improvisation or the unexpected, with changes in melody or tempo.How an occasional listener learn to understand and appreciate the nuances between the excuses and sounds of Louis Armstrong, the complexity of Coleman Hawkin’s saxophone, and the exotic and seductive compositions of Duke EllingtonHow did Thelonius Monk do alongside Benny Goodman and John ColtraneIn The Way of Listening to Jazz, award-winning scholarly music Ted Gioia presents an animated, accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazzCovering everything from the music, structure and history of the basic construction of improvisation, Gioia shows exactly what to listen to in jazz performanceIt shares listening strategies that will help readers understand and appreciate jazz for the rest of their lives, and provides a history of the great jazz movements to the present day.He concludes with a guide to 150 elite musicians who have set the tone for the 21st century of jazzBoth a satisfaction and an introduction to jazz by a greater expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to understand America’s greatest contribution to the world of music.
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