- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 11 edition (February 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0073401374
- ISBN-13: 978-0073401379
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jazz 11th Edition
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I had the good fortune to be one of Dr. Tanner's students eons ago at UCLA. Beyond his ability to entertain was his ability to teach the principles, theory, and practice of Jazz, especially to non-musically inclined students. In his 90's today, according to IMDB, he still lectures writes.
Yes, Dr. Tanner and colleagues have the chops, and you can count on this book being the most definitive of its kind. The book is a textbook, to be sure -- meant to be used in conjunction with study, and priced as textbooks are priced, which ain't cheap. But because the online media lets you hear the topics not just read about them, I would recommend it for anyone with disposable income who is interested in the history of Jazz, understanding the different flavors of Jazz, and appreciating the musical tricks of the trade.Read more ›
I also feel that because this is meant to be an academic tome, the writing style and organization is too lax. Switching back and forth with stories from a current timeline, colloquially writing about historical facts and character stories, and conversational bits like "he may not have been /that/ (italics) important, but..." detract from the author's authority on the history of jazz. It is my belief that historical anthologies (especially academic ones) should lend as much research-based, well-worded, and authoritative information as possible, and while I understand that jazz and music in general are very subjective topics, with a lot of anecdotal occurrences contributing their creation, this book ends up sounding like something your very knowledgeable and respected musician grandfather tells you through afternoon conversations. You know that most of what he is telling you is probably true, and it's certainly interesting, but you're just not completely convinced of the validity of /everything/ you've been told. And that's a bit of a deal-breaker for me, if this is being used to inform musicians and non-musicians about the beautiful idiom of jazz.
Also it does not format like a kindle version, it is more like a pdf you can view on some kindle apps.