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on 14 April 2013
I enjoyed reading this book and found it imformative, having just starting exploring jazz music. It is easy to read but can be repetative, as it assumes that a reader may dip into particular chapters, whereas I read it cover to cover. It covers the broad history of jazz and seems to include all the major players. There are a couple of unexpected but interesting sections including how to sus out a jazz gig and advice on setting up a jazz band. Also some really weird ones, including how to hold a jazz dinner party and talking jazz to your pretentious friends! It doesn't include much on music theory. There is a section on the blues, which I found confusing eventhough I can play the blues and have studied music.
It was published in 2006, so is out of date regarding current musicians/developments and it is focused on USA (for obvious reasons). But is a useful broad introduction to the development of jazz through the 20th century.
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on 20 April 2013
Said what it did on the cover! Some great ideas to get a basic fondation in Jazz. i would recommend with out a thought
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on 8 June 2013
Was very disappointed with this book,for someone trying to learn jazz i thought this book would have some nice easy stepping stones into the playing of jazz,as the title of this book lead me to believe. Its now buried in some drawer.
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on 29 December 2009
This book arrived quickly and as described.
It was just what I wanted - a resume of all sorts of Jazz.
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on 22 July 2015
Exactly right, right price and bang on time - excellent service
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on 1 September 2009
This is a good starter for anyone who wants to know the basic theory of jazz.
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