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What jazz is : an insider's guide to understanding and listening to jazz

Author: Jonny King; Christian McBride
Publisher: New York : Walker and Co., 1997.
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From the unique perspective of a professional jazz pianist, King explores the basic elements and language of jazz. He explains each instrument's role in locking in the tempo, establishing the harmony, and stating the melody, and he reveals the order and logic behind the seeming randomness of improvisation. Along the way, he celebrates the distinctive playing styles of such classic jazz artists as Art Blakey, John  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonny King; Christian McBride
ISBN: 0802713289 9780802713285 0802775195 9780802775191
OCLC Number: 36581991
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 162 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Jazz basics. Where's the melody? ; The language of jazz ; Spang-a-lang, a feel and a groove --
The key players and their repertoire. The rhythm section ; The front line (and others in between) ; The set list --
A guide to recordings at the heart of modern jazz. Blowing sessions and old favorites ; The blues ; Ballads ; South, east, and west of the border; Out.
Responsibility: Jonny King ; foreword by Christian McBride.
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From the unique perspective of a professional jazz pianist, King explores the basic elements and language of jazz. He explains each instrument's role in locking in the tempo, establishing the harmony, and stating the melody, and he reveals the order and logic behind the seeming randomness of improvisation. Along the way, he celebrates the distinctive playing styles of such classic jazz artists as Art Blakey, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk, as well as his contemporaries, such as Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Joshua Redman.

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