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Jazz Styles: History and Analysis by Mark C. GridleyFocuses on what jazz is, how it is made, and how to listen to it—pairing written narrative with audio recordings as it details the basic musical principles, important styles, major artists, musical trends, history, innovations, and instruments of jazz.
Call Number: MT 146 .A52 M66 2003
Publication Date: 1999-06-23
Analyzing Jazz: A Schenkerian Approach by Steve LarsonThis book demonstrates that the theories of Heinrich Schenker can illuminate not only the technical aspects of jazz (such as melody, rhythm, and harmony), but also its artistic content. In considering objections that have been raised to the application of Schenker s approach to improvised jazz, the book touches upon the content and origin of Schenker s theories, the role of analysis and the intentional fallacy, the origin and function of dissonance in common-practice harmony and in jazz, the nature of improvisation vs. composition, and the role of simplicity and complexity in popular and art music.
Call Number: MT 146 .L37 A53 2009
Publication Date: 2009-11-01
Why Jazz? by Kevin WhiteheadOrganized chronologically in a convenient question and answer format, this terrific resource makes jazz accessible to a broad audience, and especially to readers who've found the music bewildering or best left to the experts.
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Jazz: An American Journey by Brian HarkerThe book explains how and why jazz evolved as it did, as it emphasizes chronology, historical cause and effect, and the interactions between music and American history and culture. Presented from the point of view of the original participants (musicians, critics and audiences), the book focuses on the music with thirty-five recorded examples that are accompanied by a listening chart, commentary and analysis all to provides a more vivid setting for jazz, that grounds it in the time, place and worldview of its creators.
Part III: 4 chapters about Jazz, including some Schenkerian analysis.
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How do you analyze jazz music?
Many scholars investigate the meaning of jazz by analyzing the music itself: instrumentation, melody, harmony, rhythm, and structure in jazz reveal vital cultural information related to the creative process.They also might examine jazz in relation to race and society, and considering political climate.
This paper examines several recent modified Schenkerian analyses in order to compare the strengths and weaknesses of a modified approach with those of an orthodox approach to analyzing jazz. Applying an orthodox Schenkerian approach reveals transformations on structural levels that may go otherwise unnoticed, and these transformations often illuminate important relationships between jazz and common-practice music.