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THE HISTORY OF JAZZ

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Gioia, musician and critic, winner of the ASCAPDeems Taylor Award for The Imperfect Art (not reviewed) takes on a daunting task, tracing the history of jazz from preCivil War New Orleans to the embattled music of today—and does a creditable job of it. Jazz's history has been written by entirely too many mythographers and polemicists. Gioia, mercifully, spares us the myths and polemics. ``The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lachinchon - Goodreads

Outstanding. Well organized, clear and intelligent prose, this is the best of the many jazz histories that I have read. Of course, a reader's personal favorite artists may not get much if any ink, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shawn Teague - Goodreads

For a single volume history this can't be beat. Gioia is very smart and a talented writer to boot. His comments on modern jazz are especially insightful (though he doesn't/can't cover everyone). It also includes a good discography. Read full review

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User Review  - Winter Sophia Rose - Goodreads

An Excellent & Well Researched Book! Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

The History of Jazz is a comprehensive book about the history of one of America's timeless genres from its roots in African tribal music through the time it was written (1997). Gioia deserves credit ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Akins - Goodreads

A great overview of the history of Jazz. The elucidation of each section through analysis of signature pieces made it fun to read while having Spotify streaming tunes at the same time. I not only learned the history, but was introduced to some great music at the same time. Read full review

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User Review  - Jazz Fan - Goodreads

An exhaustive history of Jazz. A little dry in places but if there is anything from Jazz history you want to know, this book will answer it for you. Read full review

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User Review  - Vicki - Goodreads

Dense. Took me months to read, and I didn't listen to as much of the recordings mentioned as I wanted to. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Borshuk - Goodreads

A very noble attempt at a Herculean task: rendering a century of tangled music history into a palatable length, for the average reader. At times, Gioia's tone oscillates distractingly--between warm ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thomas Simard - Goodreads

A good read that will take you from the beginnings of jazz to the present. One is exposed to a number of musicians and their styles and brief biographies. It has piqued my interest in jazz again, and I'm seeking out many of the musicians mentioned. Read full review

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