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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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Cynthia Ann Cordes, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 !
One nice feature of the book is the clarity of its organization. The main text is about 500pp long, written in clear, untechnical prose, with only a few illustrating diagrams or musical examples. The majority of the musicial examples are instead placed in a succeeding 250pp section: the high point of this is a series of four _full_ transcriptions of classic jazz recordings.Read more ›
Requires the ability to read music if you want to follow all of the examples, though there is much you can follow otherwise.
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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 13 months ago by Mr. Twang
Incredible! Huge, thorough, well written work on the process of improvising in Jazz. From the musicians first steps onwards.Published 13 months 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 17 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 on August 10, 2014 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 on May 30, 2014 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