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  • The Imperfect Artby Ted Gioia

    Oxford University Press 1990; US$ 24.99

    Taking a wide-ranging approach rare in jazz criticism, Ted Gioia draws upon fields as disparate as literary criticism, art history, sociology, and aesthetic philosophy in order to place jazz within the turbulent cultural environment of the twentieth century. He argues that because improvisation--the essence of jazz--must often fail under the pressure... more...

  • Different Drummersby Michael H. Kater

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 37.99

    In Different Drummers , Michael Kater explores the underground history of jazz in Hitler's Germany. He offers a frightening and fascinating look at life and popular culture during the Third Reich, showing that for the Nazis, jazz was an especially threatening form of expression. In tracing the growth of what would become a bold and eloquent form... more...

  • Pressed for All Timeby Michael Jarrett

    The University of North Carolina Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    Histories of jazz slight record producers. They are invisible?generally unknown and seldom acknowledged. And yet, we have a jazz canon?those recordings that define an artform?because of the contributions of producers: such as, Milt Gabler, George Avakian, Bob Weinstock, Lester Koenig, Orrin Keepnews, Esmond Edwards, Creed Taylor, Don Schlitten, Teo... more...

  • Black British Jazzby Jason Toynbee; Catherine Tackley

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 109.95

    Black British musicians have been making jazz since around 1920 when the genre first arrived in Britain. This groundbreaking book reveals their hidden history and major contribution to the development of jazz in the UK. More than this, though, the chapters show the importance of black British jazz in terms of musical hybridity and the cultural significance... more...

  • Experiencing 'Flow' in Jazz Performanceby Elina Hytönen-Ng

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    The term 'flow' refers to experiences where the musician moves into a consciousness in which time seems to be suspended and perception of reality is blurred by unconscious forces. An essential part of the jazz tradition, which often serves as the foundation of the musician's identity, flow is recognised within the greater jazz community as a critical... more...

  • Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945by Jon Stratton; Nabeel Zuberi

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 109.95

    Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945 provides the first broad scholarly discussion of this music since 1990. The book critically examines key moments in the history of black British popular music from 1940s jazz to 1970s soul and reggae, 1990s Jungle and the sounds of Dubstep and Grime that have echoed through the 2000s. While the book offers... more...

  • Interaction, Improvisation, and Interplay in Jazzby Robert Hodson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 49.95

    Interaction, Improvisation, and Interplay in Jazz Performance offers a new and exciting way to listen to and understand jazz. When describing a performance, most jazz writers focus on the improvised lines of the soloist and their underlying harmonic progressions. This approach overlooks the basic fact that when you listen to jazz, you almost never... more...

  • King of Ragtimeby Edward A. Berlin

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 23.99

    This book tells the first story of the life and works for Scott Joplin. In its expanded second edition, the book goes far beyond the original publication in uncovering details of the composer's life and insights into his music. more...

  • An Annotated Bibliography of Jazz Fiction and Jazz Fiction Criticismby Richard Albert

    ABC-CLIO 1996; US$ 40.00

    Albert provides a survey of the impact of jazz on both American and foreign fiction, along with an annotated listing of almost 400 short stories, novels, plays, and jazz fiction criticism. Access is augmented by an index of novels, plays, and short stories and by a general index. Albert examines the strong impact jazz and the blues have had on... more...

  • At the Jazz Band Ballby Nat Hentoff

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    Nat Hentoff, renowned jazz critic, civil liberties activist, and fearless contrarian?"I?m a Jewish atheist civil-libertarian pro-lifer"?has lived through much of jazz?s history and has known many of jazz?s most important figures, often as friend and confidant. Hentoff has been a tireless advocate for the neglected parts of jazz history, including forgotten... more...