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30-Second Jazz : 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute - Dave Gelly

30-Second Jazz

50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute

By: Dave Gelly (Editor)

Paperback Available: 6th May 2019
ISBN: 9781782407539
Number Of Pages: 160

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For its initiates, jazz is instinctive and engaging - the way that popular music should be. For non-aficionados, it can be slippery and difficult to grasp: without familiar forms or a hard-and-fast format, and largely ruled by improvisation, jazz leaves the novice baffled, not sure how to listen, and asking 'how is it that they know what to play?'

30-Second Jazz explains, in easy, short riffs that keep you engaged, taking readers from the African-American roots of jazz all the way to today's global mix of musicians and styles. Along the way, it looks at the shape, style, and instruments of jazz, at key personalities and recordings in the jazz canon - and at what might be expected next from this most diverse of musical forms.

About the Editor

Dave Gelly, consultant editor, was born at the height of the Swing era. He studied English and Anthropology at Cambridge University, where he played saxophone in the award-winning University band, the line-up for which included Art Themen and Lionel Grigson. From the mid-1960s he co-led his own quartets and quintets with Frank Ricotti, Jeff Scott, and Barbara Thompson.

He was also a member of the New Jazz Orchestra, directed by Neil Ardley. He has written extensively on jazz, and has been voted Jazz Writer of the Year. He joined the Observer in 1974 and has written regularly for them ever since.


Chapter 1: The Shape of Jazz

Bands, big and small
How the parts function
How do they know what to play?
The jazz language and how it's learned
Where jazz was played in the past
Where jazz is played now
The diversity of styles
Profile: Duke Ellington

Chapter 2: Styles of Jazz

New Orleans & classic jazz
Orchestral jazz
Bebop to Hard Bop
Bossa Nova to Freedom
Jazz Rock and Fusion
European Jazz
Profile: Charlie Parker

Chapter 3: Instruments of Jazz

Brass: trumpet & trombone
Saxophones, clarinet, flute
Piano 60 Bass (double bass & bass guitar)
Drums & percussion
Guitar (acoustic & electric)
Jazz specialties: vibraphone, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes Jelectric piano
Profile: Louis Armstrong

Chapter 4: Vocal Jazz

Great American Songbook: Men
Great American Songbook: Women
Jazz Entertainers
Vocal Groups
Scat & Vocalese
Profile: Ella Fitzgerald

Chapter 5: Classic Jazz Albums

Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats
Benny Goodman: Carnegie Hall Concert
Count Basie: The Atomic Basie
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Weather Report: Black Market
Michael Brecker: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Keith Jarrett: The Kln Concert
Profile: Miles Davis

Chapter 6: Jazz & the Blues

A Shared History
Characteristics: Early Blues
Jazz & Blues Meet
Blues & Big Bands
Boogie Woogie
Electric Guitar (BB King, T-Bone Walker)
Jazz & Blues-Rock Explosion
Profile: BB King

Chapter 7: Today Is the Question

Citizens of the World (Israel, Benin, Cuba etc)
Beyond Bop
Maverick Adventurers
Avant Now
Second law
Third law
Profile: James Clerk-Maxwel

Notes on Contributors

ISBN: 9781782407539
ISBN-10: 1782407537
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Available: 6th May 2019
Publisher: The Ivy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 15.3

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