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The Oxford Companion to Jazz

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | The Oxford Companion to Jazz.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Bill Kirchner(Editor)

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This is a unique jazz reference book that covers jazz with much more range and depth than other jazz histories or reference books.Most of the major critics in jazz today have written articles for the book. The 60 entries cover jazz in all its aspects.Entries include all the historical periods of jazz - from its African and European roots, its progenitors in blues and ragtime, and its major periods and styles: New Orleans, The Swing Era, Bebop, and Modern Jazz.There are separate pieces on the major figures - from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane - and on singers, pianists, and big bands and jazz composition in each period.Each jazz instrument, from saxophone to drums, has its own history. Separate entries cover jazz around the world: Latin Jazz, Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth, Brazil, Japan, and Africa. The book ranges over such topics as jazz dance, criticism, education, and jazz in literature and films and television. This is both a reading book and a reference book.Each entry is comprehensive in itself - ranging in length from 3,500 to 5,000 words - but it also fits its subject into the larger picture of jazz. Many of these essays represent definitive statements on their subjects. Each entry in the collection was commissioned specifically for the book.

"Admirably pitched, it's a jazz fan's essential vade mecum"-- Irish Times

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Book details

  • PDF | 864 pages
  • Bill Kirchner(Editor)
  • Oxford University Press Inc; First Edition edition (19 Oct. 2000)
  • English
  • 9
  • Music, Stage & Screen

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  • By G. T. Swain on 2 May 2011

    This book is a great disappointment. I had seen glowing reviews, in particular about the section devoted to European Jazz, a much neglected area in jazz reference works. Although the section was well written, there were far too many generalistions for my taste.The book would probably do well in the coffee table market, but I can not see it being much help to the enthusiast.

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