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Thinking in Jazz : The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series) Paperback – October 17, 1994
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A landmark in jazz studies, 'Thinking in Jazz' reveals as never before how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling leading musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice.
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Not since the advent of the long playing record and the publication of Leonard Feather's "Encyclopedia of Jazz" has anyone made such an enormous, substantive, light shedding contribution to Jazz (outside a recording studio.) This book is a must for everyone... and in fact, its divided into two parts... one which *is* for everyone, and goes into how musicians come up, hone their skills, learn to interact, develop and whatnot, and then the second half, which is more for musicians and features close to 400 pages of musical examples - - a text book in musical studies itself.
As a musician myself, I have long suspected that Jazz isn't just a bunch of patterns and scales. It is a culture, an attitude, an approach, and way of thinking... this book not only confirms it, but it substantively will take you into the mind of its foremost vetarans and practitioners. With its balance between information that's anecdotal as well as analytical, and Berliner's excellent writing style (despite the size of the book, he just draws you in the pages flow by one by one) - - this is must reading...
Almost a half a century ago Leonard Feather told us about the masters, now Berliner draws us into their minds. It is my hope that Jazz students (and fans) alike will begin taking up this book as they begin their journeys, and as a result, it invigorates and revitalizes the music as its never been before !
1. Some very minor OCR issues. "1" instead of "I" and some "rn" instead of "m". No big problems.
2. The second half of the book is musical examples with analysis and commentary. This would be better viewed on a kindle DX perhaps. And flipping back and forth between the text and the musical notation would flow better on a PC (kindle for pc software).
Just so you know...
I would like to recommend another book for musicians and non-musicians who enjoy jazz. "Reading Jazz" edited by David Meltzer. This contains writings about jazz.