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The Imperfect Art : Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture - Ted Gioia

The Imperfect Art

Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture

By: Ted Gioia

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Published: 1st January 1996
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Taking a wide-ranging approach rare in jazz criticism, Ted Gioia's brilliant volume 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 of on-the-spot creativity, we should view jazz as an "imperfect art" and base our judgments of it on an "aesthetics of imperfection."
Incorporating the thought of such seminal thinkers as Walter Benjamin, JosA(c) Ortega y Gasset, and Roland Barthes, The Imperfect Art offers vivid portraits of the giants of jazz and startling insights into this vital musical form and the interaction of society and art.

"This is a unique book on jazz. I highly recommend it as a bridge between the jazz musician and layman."--Stan Getz "This is an unusual jazz book for two reasons: it deals with the music not just on its own terms but in a broader cultural and aesthetic context, and it was written by a musician....Much of what Mr. Gioia has to say is thoughtful and thought-provoking."--Peter Keepnews, The New York Times Book Review "Gioia's absorbing collection is phenomenological and interdisciplinary, providing connective tissue for fresh perspectives of jazz and its transactions with a wide arc of cultural forces. The Imperfect Art is an important contribution celebrating jazz as a true treasure of our times."--Herb Wong, Past President, The National Association of Jazz Educators "Well-written...a compelling primer on jazz aesthetics....Thoughtful jazz lovers of all degrees of musical literacy ought to be delighted and enlightened by Gioia's yeomanly effort. A rich little book."--Booklist "A thoughtful book of essays about the evolution of jazz in the context of modern mass culture, its historical relation to other arts and its unique position as an 'imperfect art' of improvisation."--San Francisco Chronicle "This is a unique book on jazz. I highly recommend it as a bridge between the jazz musician and layman."--Stan Getz "This is an unusual jazz book for two reasons: it deals with the music not just on its own terms but in a broader cultural and aesthetic context, and it was written by a musician....Much of what Mr. Gioia has to say is thoughtful and thought-provoking."--Peter Keepnews, The New York Times Book Review "Gioia's absorbing collection is phenomenological and interdisciplinary, providing connective tissue for fresh perspectives of jazz and its transactions with a wide arc of cultural forces. The Imperfect Art is an important contribution celebrating jazz as a true treasure of our times."--Herb Wong, Past President, The National Association of Jazz Educators "Well-written...a compelling primer on jazz aesthetics....Thoughtful jazz lovers of all degrees of musical literacy ought to be delighted and enlightened by Gioia's yeomanly effort. A rich little book."--Booklist "A thoughtful book of essays about the evolution of jazz in the context of modern mass culture, its historical relation to other arts and its unique position as an 'imperfect art' of improvisation."--San Francisco Chronicle "[A] thoughtful, wide-ranging book....[Gioia] brings to this compact series of essays a learned, multidisciplinary viewpoint....This book represents a breakthrough in how to listen to and think about [jazz]....A gem."--Steve Paul, The Kansas City Star "A work of startling originality and interdisciplinary scholarship, all the more remarkable when one realizes the author had not yet turned thirty. Ted Gioia is the brightest young jazz critic to emerge since Gary Giddins."--Grover Sales, author of Jazz: America's Classical Music "Splendid....[Gioia] is succinct, passionate, and convincing....Right on!"--Gene Kalbacher, editor, Hot House "The first attempt I know of to define an aesthetics of jazz, and to set 'America's classical music' against a broad context of modern culture....An invaluable addition to any jazz buff's library."--Calendar Magazine "A collection of seven 'reflective' essays on jazz and the place that jazz has in our contemporary culture. Ted Gioia's eloquent style makes it possible for general readers to fully comprehend the complexities inherent within the subjects that Gioia pursues....Gioia gives new and interesting meanings to jazz."--The Pittsburgh Press "A unique series of essays in applied aesthetics. I'm betting that students will relate to it and see why aesthetics makes a difference."--Theodore Gracyk, Moorehead State University

Louis Armstrong and Furniture Musicp. 1
Jazz and the Primitivist Mythp. 19
The Imperfect Artp. 51
Neoclassicism in Jazzp. 73
What Has Jazz to Do with Aesthetics?p. 99
Boredom and Jazzp. 113
Jazz as Songp. 133
Notesp. 147
About the Authorp. 155
Indexp. 157
Creditsp. 163
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ISBN: 9780195063288
ISBN-10: 0195063287
Series: Portable Stanford Book Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.7  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.15