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Jazz: The First Century Hardcover – April 26, 2000

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When Hasse, curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution, published Beyond Category, a well-received work on Duke Ellington, it established him as a major author. David P. Szatmary's assessment of Beyond Category--"Hasse provides a well-researched synthesis"(LJ 9/15/93)--can easily be applied to this new work, with the difference that Hasse serves as both editor and author (as with his previous Ragtime). Comprising eight chapters (two authored by Hasse, the others by prominent scholars like Bob Blumenthal) that follow a chronological progression from jazz's earliest inclinations through its more recent developments, this also features numerous sidebars. Unlike most sidebars, these prove to be vital and help the narrative flow, e.g., Hasse's "What Does an Arranger Do?" is particularly clear and succinct. Others, such as profiles of cities and recording labels, are also useful. Key recordings are listed with each chapter. The inclusion of information on non-U.S. musicians solidifies this as a major contribution to understanding jazz. With excellent photos; recommended for academic, public, and music libraries.
-William Kenz, Moorhead State Univ. Lib., MN
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Compactly covering 100 years' worth of any subject--and pictorially, to boot--usually means scanting huge swatches of noteworthy material. Amazingly, this photo-rich, snappily laid-out survey covers its subject with genuine thoroughness, tracing jazz from its New Orleans origins to its present, evolving status as the most radical brand of world music. The near impossible feat is achieved by having experts on their subjects write the book's eight chapters. Editor Hasse handles the beginnings and the swing era; Downbeat stalwart Neil Tesser writes up mainstream jazz; Ornette Coleman biographer John Litweiler discusses the post-bebop "new thing"; the internationalizing present is limned by Kevin Whitehead, author of the indispensable New Dutch Swing (1998); and so forth. Given contributors as canny as these, all the names and events that ought to be mentioned are, and the chapter-concluding 10 key recordings lists are solid gold. Sure, a compendium like Joachim Ernst Berendt's Jazz Book (6th ed., 1992) mentions more, but more stodgily and without the great pictures. Ray Olson

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ WilliamMr; 1st edition (April 26, 2000)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0688170749
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0688170745
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.66 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9 x 1.25 x 11.25 inches
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