This will certainly be the definitive source on improvisational jazz. A leader in the field, Berliner (ethnomusicology, Northwestern) covers all aspects of improvisation as art form, science, and way of life. Cutting no corners, he includes a vast range of article topics (from inspiration and arrangements to evaluation and audience interaction), music texts (from the 1920s to the present), artist interviews, and disc-, video-, and bibliographies. Of the caliber of Grove's Dictionary of Music, this book is no less important to any serious music collection. Practicing musicians will be satisfied by the text and musical examples, while lay readers will come to understand the significance of jazz in American history and culture. This extraordinary accomplishment is well worth the investment for all academic and large public libraries.
Cynthia Ann Cordes, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
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shockingly fat book, very dense and a tough read if you're not already a jazz expert, which I'm not. For jazz players, a great resource. For listeners, probably too detailed.Published 29 days ago by Mr. Twang
Incredible! Huge, thorough, well written work on the process of improvising in Jazz. From the musicians first steps onwards.Published 1 month ago by JustAnotherGuy
A serious jazz studies. I'm glad to have these book, It analyses the main basis of the most wonderful music in the world : JazzPublished 5 months ago by Juan Jose angulo
I am no jazz musician. In fact, I am not a musician at all and musical theory seems to pass beyond my understanding altogether. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. A. Blizard
Just the type of jazz improvisational material I wanted. Easy to understand, with many quotes and references for noted jazz artist and educators.Published 15 months ago by angela b anderson
Probably my own fault for not carefully reading the description, reviews, etc. I hoped for something that would help me become a better improviser. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Alan Zisman