How to Listen to Jazz (Paperback)

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"Hands down, one of the best books on jazz I have ever read. And easily the best book on trying to explain jazz. If you are just dipping a toe in the great ocean that is jazz, or if you have been enjoying this music for decades, this is a book that will increase your understanding and enjoyment of this music. It's already altered the way I listen to music, and I've been listening to jazz since the early eighties. I think it helps that Ted Gioia is a musician himself. How to Listen to Jazz is also very refreshingly free of ideology. Ted Gioia simply wants you to listen to and enjoy the music for its own sake. I cannot recommend this book highly enough." - Martin

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"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." --The Economist
In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the jazz-rock fusion of Miles Davis, Gioia covers the music's history and reveals the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand America's greatest contribution to music.

About the Author

Ted Gioia is a jazz pianist and an award-winning music historian. The author of ten books, Gioia is currently a columnist for the Daily Beast.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465093496
ISBN-10: 0465093493
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English