by Richard Carlin

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Gr 7 Up-- A brief but comprehensive history that covers jazz's origins in West African polyrhythmic folk music through the new traditionalism of the contemporary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Major developments such as New Orleans Dixieland and Bebop receive separate chapters, as do big bands, jazz pianists, and vocalists. One significant omission in the latter is Sarah Vaughn. Carlin's tone throughout is descriptive rather than judgmental; his strength is in noting the contributions of key figures, such as Louis Armstrong's special talent as an improviser and vocalist, or Bix Beiderbecke's use of innovative harmonies. However, even though an extensive discography (and bibliography) follows each chapter, Carlin typically does not direct readers to specific recorded examples of his generalizations. While Langston Hughes's Jazz (Watts, 1982) and James Lincoln Collier's Inside Jazz (Four Winds, 1973; both o.p.) cover similar ground, Hughes's book is for younger readers, and Collier's, of course, does not cover the past 20 years (or the compact-disc era), to which Carlin devotes a chapter. Illustrated with clear black-and-white photographs of the jazz greats. --James Witham, Lexington Public Library, KY

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Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
World of Music Series
Product dimensions:
7.65(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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