Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development (History of Jazz) (The History of Jazz) Paperback – 19 Jun 1986
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'Here at last is the definitive work...clear, thorough, objective, sophisticated, original. A remarkable book by any standard, it is unparalleled in the literature of jazz.' New York Times Book Review
'an almost unprecedented approach for a writer on jazz, he has described and analysed the music itself.' The Times
'an excellent work ... Without doubt, the book is masterly in its approach and would serve as both an ideal introduction to the young student of jazz and to the established fan who wants to delve more deeply into the music origins.' The Star
'Schuller has a rare gift for conveying his wonderment and love of his subject matter without ever compromising academic discipline...for all his painstaking precise academic exactitudes, he is never dry or overly technical...It would be hard to imagine this book ever being superceded. As far as I can see, it is definitive.' Music and Musicians
'it remains one of the most significant contributions to jazz scholarship to this day.' Music Teacher
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Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz. it is the first of three volumes on the history and musical contribution of jazz, taking us from its beginnings as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930's.See all Product Description
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This is not a biographical account of the lives of the early jazz artists, but is an analysis of the styles and development. From the deep south and the roots of the music, into the Midwest and Southwestern styles, the author is thorough and careful in his look.
Much more than an introduction, this certainly would be suitable for a college course in jazz development.