Title: What to Listen for in Jazz (Includes CD-ROM ...
Publisher: New Haven, CT, U.S.A.: Yale University Press, 1995, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Cloth Over Boards
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition 3rd Prtg
Cloth Over Boards. 1st Edition 3rd Prtg. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed., 3rd Printing, HB/DJ, new, 247 pp. (Includes CD-ROM) Mylar cover on DJ. Kernfeld focuses on analyzing the music's basic elements and showing how the music's foundations have been shaped and changed during each stage of its evolution. A useful and enjoyable accompanying compact disc exemplifies and diligent transcriptions illustrate Kernfeld's explanations of how rhythm, arrangement, and form operate in specific significant musical passages. Bookseller Inventory # 6085
Synopsis: Barry Kernfeld provides an introduction to jazz, discussing its musical concepts, procedures and styles, providing the background to this musical art. The book is organized around 21 historical jazz recordings - from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings' "Tin Roof Blues" (1923) to Ornette Coleman's "Honeymooners" (1987) - that are analyzed in the text and included in a free compact disc that accompanies the book. The author draws from these musical works to illustrate jazz rhythm, forms, arrangement, composition, improvization, style, and sound (recording fidelity, tuning systems, instrumentation, and timbre). Included in the book are 85 notated music examples keyed to the compact disc and a biographical dictionary of musicians who figure prominently on the disc. By laying out musical ideas that unify the genre, rather than by splintering it along stylistic lines, this book offers a method for enhancing enjoyment and understanding of jazz. This should be a useful resource for students and general listeners who wish to know more about this musical form.
About the Author:
Barry Kernfeld is editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz.
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