Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion

Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion

Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion

Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz takes place on a deeply personal level and takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument—offering not only brief portraits of key musicians like Joe Lovano and John Scofield, but also their own commentaries on how best to experience their music

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This guide to jazz by jazz drummer and educator Stephans is for the interested but uninformed reader. One would need to be extremely interested, because the book is quite long, comprehensive, and occasionally dense, but readers who persevere will emerge more informed listeners, better able to enjoy and appreciate America’s great music. Still, there are problems. The author’s introductory assertion that he departs from chronological sequence in favor of an instrument-by-instrument discussion is only partially true, and the doubly focused narrative results in considerable repetition. There is more on the musicians than the music, and much of the text devolves to mere lists of names, on which many standout performers and groups not fitting the author’s framework are only fleetingly mentioned (Roland Kirk, Chucho Valdes, and Regina Carter or any other violinist), and others...

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