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com pioneered music journalism on the Internet. He has published several books on rock music, jazz music and avantgarde music, notably "A History of Rock Music" and "A History of Popular Music". His poetry has been awarded several prizes. He also writes about cinema and art.

A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000. New book by Piero Scaruffi: A History of Jazz Music. To advertise in this space. A History of Popular Music before Rock Music. A History of Rock Music 1950-2000. The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord.

A comprehensive and up-to-date history of the genre from its origins in New Orleans to the digital improvisers of the new millennium. Unlike most books on the subject, the vast majority of the text covers music recorded in the more recent decades.

A HISTORY OF JAZZ MUSIC by Piero Scaruffi. Jazz music was, ultimately, the product of New Orleans' melting pot. At the turn of the century, the streets of New Orleans were awash in blues music, ragtime and the native brass-band fanfares. The Excelsior Brass Band, formed in 1880, raised the Creole drummer John Robichaux and the Creole clarinetist Alphonse Picou. The Onward Brass Band, formed around 1884, featured Creole cornet player Manuel Perez. Notably missing from this mix was religious music, that played a lesser role in the birth and development of jazz music. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000 from your list? A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000. Published January 15, 2007 by Omniware. Jazz, History and criticism.

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This history of rock music is not a history of the charts (which I consider . There is the history of the hits Piero Scaruffi Note: the number in parentheses after the name of a band or musician is a way to rate their/her/his career.

This history of rock music is not a history of the charts (which I consider an aberration), but a history of the great ideas introduced by rock musicians over 50 years of relentless innovation, and the history of their greatest albums (regardless of how many copies were sold). There is the history of the hits. Most books on rock music are histories of the hits. The charts decide, . Piero Scaruffi Note: the number in parentheses after the name of a band or musician is a way to rate their/her/his career.

piero scaruffi A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000. ISBN 13: 9780976553137. A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000. He started writing about music as a teenager and has never stopped. com pioneered music journalism on the Internet. A History of Rock Music" and "A History of Popular Music", by the same authors, are the complementary pieces of this project.

It ends up being more focused on A?alternativeA? rock than on A?mainstreamA? rock, simply because alternative musicians tend to be more innovative and sincere than mainstreammusicians.

A comprehensive and up-to-date history of the genre from its origins in New Orleans to the digital improvisers of the new millennium. Unlike most books on the subject, the vast majority of the text covers music recorded in the more recent decades. It is also a unique project in that it emphasizes composition and arrangement, and not only improvisation. The author's background in rock music, classical music and avantgarde music gives it a unique flavor, crossing borders and questioning stereotypes. "A History of Jazz Music" is the third book in a bold project to synthesize the music of the 20th century. "A History of Rock Music" and "A History of Popular Music", by the same authors, are the complementary pieces of this project.

Comments: (3)

Mojar
Whilst i agree with the author that a lot of good jazz has been created in more modern times, I am disappointed that he has concentrated so heavily on the the more recent years of jazz to the detriment of the years up to say 1950. Not that they are not covered but it would have been nice to experience the expertise thoroughness of the authors treatment of recent years applied to the early years of jazz.
olgasmile
A brief glance through the book, indicates that I shall find it very helpful. Can't be more precise at present.
riki
I would certainly not recommend this book for someone looking for an realistic description of the history of spontaneous and pre-conceived composition of the latter half of the 20th century. Of course Mr. Scaruffi is certainly entitled to his opinion, but there are plenty of flawed arguments presented here.

I have a problem with the matter-of-fact pompous manner in which this opinion is delivered, as if this opinion is fact. There are many statements which are just not true, but are passed off as fact. What this book amounts to is a series of opinions about the recorded music of the musicians discussed - in short record reviews, Mr. Scaruffi's opinions about recordings.

Now I must admit as a disclaimer that if my music was not included in this book in such a negative light then its existence would have never come to my attention. However this book makes multiple references to the most ridiculous clichés as style names (white jazz, funk music, funk-jazz, avant-garde music, free jazz, creative jazz, white free jazz, creative music, rap-jazz, noise jazz, white jazz between free jazz and fusion, freer jazz, etc.) without ever actually discussing the music itself. And even within the cliché categories used there are many contradictions. The title of the book is "A History of Jazz Music", yet there are sections entitled "Non-jazz of the 1980s" which contain CDs also listed in the "The Best Jazz Albums" section of Mr. Scaruffi's website. Hmmm, 'non-jazz' that is the 'best jazz'!

Mr. Scaruffi's focus on what he calls 'composition' demonstrates that he does not realize that many of the participants of this music thought of what they did as spontaneous composition. Duke Ellington once said that he gets most of his inspiration for his compositions from the soloists of this music. Duke would sit at the piano and spontaneously compose, sometimes fixing the ideas on paper. Beethoven once wrote in his letters that he did the same thing every night, as did Bach and many of the great European composers.

Referring to the content of this book, here are some quotes from the notes on Mr. Scaruffi's website with my comments.

"I also happen to believe that, by far, the greatest contributions of jazz to the history of humankind came in the second half of the century, for example with composers (repeat: composers) such as Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane."

However Charles Mingus himself considered musicians like Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and others as 'spontaneous composers' whose 'spontaneous compositions' were about something more than just music, that they told a story, comparing their spontaneous creations to "new classical compositions within the structured form they used" (from Mingus' 1971 article: What is a Jazz Composer?). The same could be said of John Coltrane. Mingus, like Ellington, did not separate the spontaneous creations from the pre-conceived creations, he considered them two parts of the same activity, at least within the tradition that he was dealing with. Yet Mr. Scaruffi fails to see the link between the past and present of this music due to his own limitations.

"Having visited more than one hundred countries, i have always hated borders: imagine how i hate it when humans create borders even between arts and even between musical styles."

An incredible statement, given the multiple clichés Mr. Scaruffi concocts as style names that creates just such borders. However the history of this music is far more complicated than a list of stylistic names and a bunch of albums and CDs. In fact the recorded music is only a pale representation of the actual development of music, and is not an accurate reflection of the reality. Many of the musicians listed as being in different 'styles' interact with each other on a regular basis. Recordings are one way that musicians use to present their musical world, but its not the only way and it is not the primary method of interaction.

"It is telling that most jazz books seem to make a point to analyze in detail the tracks that I consider less relevant."

"The albums mentioned in the book are my own favorites. I despise the websites that promote millions of albums as masterpieces.... Most of the "masterpieces" that those (other) websites recommend turned out to be mediocre, and sometimes even terrible.... The albums that I mention in this book are the ones that are worth listening to, in my opinion, and they are a tiny minority."

Fair enough, but even the albums that are his favorites and are, in his opinion, masterpieces - could be mediocre or terrible in someone else's opinion. The thing is, its all opinion when it comes to musical tastes. And based on his constant use of clichés which do not reference the music itself, I would say this is even more true in the case of Mr. Scaruffi.

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Mr. Scaruffi puts out a massive amount of information. But it is just that massiveness that makes his opinions less informed - at least as they are presented in this book, and based on the attitude with which they are presented I suspect in his other work also. I will reserve my opinion about his other work, but reading through this work, which deals with a subject that I am very familiar with, I certainly would not recommend this or any other work of his. His work appears to me to be that of a cataloger with a strong opinion and caustic style of delivery. Mr. Scaruffi uses the often repeated excuse that the reason why he does not go into musical detail is that he is writing for the layperson ("i wrote it for an audience that includes listeners of classical, rock and avantgarde music"). I suspect it is because he cannot go into musical detail because he does not hear it.

Catalogers rarely delve very deeply into matters. No doubt Mr. Scaruffi is a very hard working accomplished individual in some areas. But he is far from the music expert that he thinks of himself as ("When I was in high school in the early 1970's I was the `expert' on music" - New York Times - Oct 15, 2006).
A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000 download epub
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Author: piero scaruffi
ISBN: 0976553139
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Music
Language: English
Publisher: Omniware (March 3, 2007)