Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years

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Backbeat Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 858 pages
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In this comprehensive, 860-page hardcover resource, Scott Yanow traces the history of jazz through its recordings. Most live performances from this 60-year period (1895 to 1976) are lost forever, but jazz fans can still experience a rich legacy of recorded work. Painstakingly sorting through and colorfully commenting on thousands of CDs and LPs, Yanow points out which performances are the most representative of the great 20th-century artists, and which recordings are essential to jazz fans' collections. Along the way, he takes readers on a journey through the golden ages of jazz, covering styles such as New Orleans jazz, swing, bebop, cool jazz, Dixieland, hard bop, soul jazz, the avant-garde, and fusion - and showing how these forms diverge, develop, and continue to flourish. A must for jazz fans, scholars and serious collectors.

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A regular contributor to leading jazz publications, Yanow (All Music Guide to Jazz) offers an excellent chronological history of jazz through its recordings. While focusing on the 1920s through the ... Read full review

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SCOTT YANOW has written several books on jazz, including Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years and Jazz on Film.

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