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The Playboy guide to jazz
Tesser, Neil.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Plume, [1998]

Physical Description:
xiv, 300 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Discography; limited to compact discs.

Includes index.
Added Uniform Title:
Playboy (Chicago, Ill.)
Format :


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ML156.4.J3 T47 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The ideal introduction to the history of jazz and its rich and varied heritage

In The Playboy Guide to Jazz noted jazz critic Neil Tesser has selected from the thousands of available jazz recordings 250 of the best CDs, grouping them into chapters devoted to significant movements and periods of jazz history. The result is a concise and insightful guide to the milestones and markers in the history of recorded jazz.

Since the late 1980s, jazz has achieved a hold on Americans unmatched since the 50s, and Playboy has a long history of commitment to jazz, sponsoring the annual Playboy Jazz Festival for the past seventeen years.

Going beyond the monotonous cataloguing of other reference guides and to communicating the complexity of jazz music, The Playboy Guide to Jazz explores the improvisations, mutations of style, spontaneous compositions, and multi-layered voices. This up-to-date and inspiring reference will expand the horizons of new and old jazz listeners alike.
-- The Playboy logo has become synonymous with jazz, with an ongoing series, "The History of Jazz", in the magazine, and a four-CD anthology of jazz recordings issued to commemorate the magazine's fortieth anniversary.
-- One out of every 12 men in the United States who bought jazz CDs last year is a Playboy reader.
-- Playboy will promote "The Playboy Guide to Jazz" in the magazine.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
1 Calling Doctor Jazz 1917-1932p. 1
Jazz in Transition--How 2 Swing Largep. 21
2 Let's Dance 1935-1945p. 26
Jazz in Transition--Swing 2 Bebop: Evolution in the Revolutionp. 51
3 Everybody's Boppin' 1941-1955p. 57
4 Cool Blues (Hot Blues) 1953-1965p. 81
Jazz in Transition--Born 2 be Free: Intimations of Liberationp. 131
5 Freedom Now 1959-?p. 137
Jazz in Transition--Free 2 Roam: Echoes of Liberationp. 166
6 Plug Me In 1967-1984p. 176
Jazz in Transition--From There 2 Here: A Short Look at the Long History of Foreign Influencep. 202
7 Letter from Home 1973-1998p. 208
8 Hesitation 1982-1998p. 230
9 Open on All Sides 1990-?p. 256
10 An Essential Jazz Collectionp. 284
Indexp. 287