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The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz

The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz

by Samuel F., Jr. Piazza, Samuel F. Jr. Piazza
     
 
Here is a brilliant and deeply informed overview of jazz history, one which gives a rich sense of who the major figures were and how they fit in with one another while showing the reader what to listen for and which recordings are indispensable for a full experience of the music. No other book fuses a singular examination of the key recordings with a presentation of

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Here is a brilliant and deeply informed overview of jazz history, one which gives a rich sense of who the major figures were and how they fit in with one another while showing the reader what to listen for and which recordings are indispensable for a full experience of the music. No other book fuses a singular examination of the key recordings with a presentation of the entire sweep of the music's classic period to provide the listener with such a useful and spirited companion.


About the Author:
Tom Piazza writes about jazz and other American music for the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, New Republic, and Village Voice. He is a former professional jazz pianist and a graduate of Williams College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop; his short fiction has appeared in a number of literary magazines.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Piazza...has produced what will probably become a standard....An excellent addition for all jazz collections, public and academic.
Library Journal
Reviewing jazz music recorded between 1920 and 1970 that has been reissued on compact disc, Piazza discusses over 800 CDs, placing musicians and bands in their stylistic contexts. Piazza explains why each recording is interesting or important and summarizes the careers of major figures such as Dizzy Gillespie. Unfortunately, Piazza's breathless enthusiasm sometimes lowers his writing to the level of advertising copy. But he knows jazz history, and this study will benefit readers wishing to learn more about jazz or to expand their collections. Readers should realize, though, that much important jazz is not yet available on CD, and Piazza further limits the book's scope by excluding chapters on singers, trombonists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers. For larger jazz collections.-Paul Baker, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
Booknews
A solid introductory guide to classical jazz naming the greats, their influences, and providing neophyte listeners with keys to listening and appreciating this musical genre. Free-lance music critic Piazza explains the science of riffing and the development of bebop and harmonic ensemble thinking, singling out the pioneers in each new groove including Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Sun Ra. In addition, he lists the absolute must hear recordings of each trumpet, reed, tenor, and piano soloist who has defined blue or cool. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877454892
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Dan Morgenstern
The best of its kind by far, and likely to remain so. Invaluable to the novice, revealing even to seasoned fans, Piazza's Guide is truly that and will not only make you listen but also hear...
—(Dan Morgenstern, director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University)
John Edward Hasse
I believe this will become a cornerstone of the literature on jazz, essential for every decent music library, and will make a marked contribution. Tom Piazza is a major new voice in jazz criticism, a voice with insight, style, and authority.
—(John Edward Hasse, curator of American music, Smithsonian Institution)
Wynton Marsalis
Piazza's knowledge and understanding of jazz music are wide and deep, and his own experience as a player has given him a window into the music that few critics have. The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz is the best guide to the music's development that I know of....extremely valuable both to longtime fans and to those checking out the music for the first time.

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