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Jazz on record : the first sixty years
Yanow, Scott.
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San Francisco : Backbeat Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the Book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard Pub., [2003]

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858 pages ; 27 cm
1895-1920: The lost beginnings -- 1921-1925: Jazz sweeps the nation -- 1926-1932: From boom to bust -- 1933-1938: Swing's the thing -- 1939-1944: The War Years -- 1945-1949: Bebop spoken here -- 1950-1955: West coast vs. East coast -- 1956-1960: A time of giants -- 1961-1967: The race toward freedom -- 1968-1976: Fusion and beyond.
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ML156.4.J3 Y36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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In this comprehensive, 860-page hardcover resource, Scott Yanow traces the history of jazz through its recordings. Most live performances from this 60-year period (1895 to 1976) are lost forever, but jazz fans can still experience a rich legacy of recorded work. Painstakingly sorting through and colorfully commenting on thousands of CDs and LPs, Yanow points out which performances are the most representative of the great 20th-century artists, and which recordings are essential to jazz fans' collections. Along the way, he takes readers on a journey through the golden ages of jazz, covering styles such as New Orleans jazz, swing, bebop, cool jazz, Dixieland, hard bop, soul jazz, the avant-garde, and fusion - and showing how these forms diverge, develop, and continue to flourish. A must for jazz fans, scholars and serious collectors.

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Library Journal Review

A regular contributor to leading jazz publications, Yanow (All Music Guide to Jazz) offers an excellent chronological history of jazz through its recordings. While focusing on the 1920s through the mid-1970s, he opens with a chapter on "Lost Beginnings"-major events, people, and styles that shaped the music before it was commercially recorded; the rest of the book conforms to this format, tackling topics ranging from New Orleans jazz and Benny Goodman to bop and fusion to create a feeling of continuing evolution, rather than the superiority of one genre over another. Throughout, Yanow is thorough, fluid, and enthusiastic (no matter the genre), so readers will almost feel as if they are having a wonderful conversation with a jazz-loving friend who just happens to be one of the world's leading experts on jazz recordings. Yanow even goes so far as to discuss the recordings of minor figures. His book stands pleasantly apart from many similar guides because of his friendly narrative approach and avoidance of a "five-star" rating system. Essential for all serious music collections.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.