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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. Throughout, jazz takes center stage as a personal transaction that enriches the lives of the musician and the listener. Written for anyone curious about the musical genre, this book encourages further reading.
Includes bibliographical references.
Ears, mind, heart: a path to open listening -- Groundwork: developing listening skills -- Jazz as a mirror of our times: from birth through the 1940s -- Jazz as a mirror of our times: from the 1950s to the present -- Functions and forms: jazz on and off the bandstand -- Points of departure: small groups and big bands -- Horn of Gabriel: the trumpet (getting personal with Dave Douglas) -- Raspy, gaspy, smooth, and silky: the trombone (getting personal with Roswell Rudd) -- Reeds and deeds I: the tenor saxophone (getting personal with Joe Lovano) -- Reeds and deeds II: the alto saxophone (getting personal with Rudresh Mahanthappa) -- Reeds and deeds III: highs and lows the soprano and baritone saxophones (getting personal with Dave Liebman) -- Reeds and deeds IV: top and bottom woodwinds the clarinet, flute, and bass clarinet (getting personal with Bennie Maupin) -- I got rhythm I: the piano (getting personal with Alan Broadbent) -- I got rhythm II: the acoustic and electric basses (getting personal with John Patitucci) -- I got rhythm III: give the drummer some (getting personal with Jim Black) -- I got rhythm IV: a little discussion about percussion (getting personal with Joe Locke) -- I got rhythm V: the guitar (getting personal with John Scofield) -- The singer and the song (getting personal with Dwight Trible and Roseanna Vitro) -- Is jazz entertainment or is it art? -- The shape of things to come: jazz in the 21st century.
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