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Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Early Jazz by Gunther Schuller. Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz, ranging from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the s.

Schuller explores the music of the great jazz schiller of the twenties–Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, guntber others–and the big bands and arrangers– Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz, ranging from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century zchuller its first great flowering in the s.

Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties–Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Gunthed Smith, Louis Armstrong, and others–and the big bands and arrangers–Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, and especially Duke Ellington–placing their music in the context of the other musical cultures of the twentieth century and offering analyses of many great jazz recordings. Early Jazz provides a musical tour gunthet the early American jazz world.

A classic study, it is both a splendid introduction for students and an insightful guide for scholars, musicians, and jazz aficionados. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Early Jazzplease sign up. Lists with This Book.

Oct 01, Jake rated it it was amazing. Gunther Schuller presents a thorough musical analysis of the early history of jazz, from starting with its roots in west African music, ragtime, and the country blues.

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The bulk of the book covers the ‘s, ending with the start of the ‘s as the last rough edges of New Orleans jazz have been smoothed and the orchestras of Ellington and Basie perfected the big-band swing style. It must be emphasized that this is a musical jaazz, heavy with notated examples from the recordings of the era, Gunther Schuller presents a thorough musical analysis of the early history of jazz, from starting with its roots in west African music, ragtime, and the country blues.

It must be emphasized that this is a musical analysis, heavy with notated examples from the recordings of the era, and thus would not be accessible to those without some musical training. Schuller truly analyzes the music on every single level, illustrated examples range from jqzz “shape” of a single note to the structure of an entire piece and covering all scales in between.

There are a few complaints to be had. There are certainly errors in some of the transcriptions, though this is to be expected in transcribing by ear such complex music. Additionally, I thought the organization of the book could have been a little better; for example he analyzes Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five period in great detail early on in the book, and discusses how this music marked the end of the dominance of the New Orleans style in jazz.

Yet the very next chapter is focused on Jelly Roll Morton, whose career consisted of nothing but the New Orleans style!

Early Jazz

That being said, there is a lot of music to be covered in this book and there is likely no perfect way to organize all of the eraly. A few faults aside, this is absolutely essential reading for anyone with musical background looking to learn about the roots of jazz.

Nov 27, Zach rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 25, James Murrell rated it it was amazing. This is a comprehensive description of early jazz music. Within the first chapter Mr. Schuller explains the feel of swing rhythm in vivid detail beyond what I’ve ever read in any other book. I highly recommend this book to any serious student of American music or any fan of Jazz that wants to explore the music beyond just listening.

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Peace, James Murrell http: Ottima la prima parte con una veloce e approfondito excursus sulle origini del jazz.

May 04, Paul Secor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even if you don’t agree with everything Mr. Schuller writes, he’ll give you a lot to think about – and that’s a good thing. Susanna rated it liked it Jan 21, Mozlenko rated it did not like it Nov 14, Peter rated it liked it Oct 04, Triffid rated it really liked it May 15, Aaron rated it liked it Jun 22, Ted rated it liked it May 07, Michael Guttilla rated it it was amazing Dec 22, Ericpegnam Pegnam rated it it was amazing Jun 29, Andrew rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Scott rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Djll rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Vic Dillahay rated it liked it Jun 03, Doug rated it really liked it Jun 06, Theresa calpotura rated it it was amazing Jan 16, Barnaby Hazen rated it liked it May 26, John Lamiell rated it liked it Feb 09, Bob Curtin rated it it was amazing May 26, James of the Redwoods rated it really liked it Aug 04, James F rated it liked it Feb 04, Ferat rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Scott rated it really liked it Feb 28, S D Cooke rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Chris O’leary rated it really liked it May 26, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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