The guide to classic recorded jazz
In a single source, this book serves as a field guide to available recordings as well as a highly accessible vision of the development and sound of the music, one that will give the reader some sense of what musicians think about when they play, what kinds of demands are placed on them, and what kinds of solutions they have to come up with.
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The guide to classic recorded jazzUser Review - Book Verdict
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
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This is a great starter book to build a jazz recording collection and to understand jazz' basic dynamics and history. Highly recommended.
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