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Early jazz : its roots and musical development

Author: Gunther Schuller
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1986, ©1968.
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Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz. Written by the renowned composer, conductor, and musical scholar Gunther Schuller, it is the first of three volumes on the history and musical contribution of jazz, taking us from its beginnings as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gunther Schuller
ISBN: 0195040430 9780195040432
OCLC Number: 13331781
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. The Origins 3 --
2. The Beginnings 63 --
3. The First Great Soloist 89 --
4. The First Great Composer 134 --
5. Virtuoso Performers of the Twenties 175 --
6. The Big Bands 242 --
7. The Ellington Style: Its Origins and Early Development 318 --
Appendix Interview with George Morrison 359.
Responsibility: Gunther Schuller.
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Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz. Written by the renowned composer, conductor, and musical scholar Gunther Schuller, it is the first of three volumes on the history and musical contribution of jazz, taking us from its beginnings as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties--Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie 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 of 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 fans.

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