The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (Anglais) Relié – 27 septembre 2012
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A monument to taste and scholarship ... The Jazz Standards - issed by Oxford University Press, the world's preeminent publisher of jazz titles, and informed by a single and esteemed critical sensibility - canonizes the selected works in a fashion that a Website cannot. The value of such a work, of course, depends on the acumen of the author. In virtually every instance, Gioia delivers. (The Atlantic)
Ted Gioia has created a masterwork of reference and study, an essential accompaniment to all song studies ... This book is that rare thing in music writing, a winner in terms of both content and style. (Sebastian Cotney, London Jazz)
This book should be in the library of every gigging jazz musician and every serious jazz fan; to the extent that these 250-plus pieces remain in the repertory, it will be relevant for years to come (James E. Perone, Library Journal)
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Those who are familiar with Mr. Gioia already know how thoroughly knowledgeable he is about the jazz world, but this book is sure to bring him more attention from those who do not know him. Because as a musician, the author has the unique perspective of knowing the song from playing it, but also writing about it. And, maybe not all musicians will agree with this, but I personally think that knowing about a song’s history and understanding why, when, and how it was written really helps a capable musician to project what the song is about. Unfortunately, as someone who is late to jazz, I don’t always have that knowledge, so it is nice to have this valuable resource when I’m tackling a standard I’m not familiar with.
That said, the single most valuable feature of this book is the extensive discography. Every song has between five and ten recordings listed for listening and research into the nuances and hidden meanings of the songs, not to mention alternative interpretations and styles. It not only reads like a jazz musician’s hall of fame, it reads like a biological listing of family, genus, and species of the recordings for understanding the very evolution of the song. Even better, the book is indexed by song, composer and performer, so however you decide to come at a song, Mr. Gioia has provided you that resource, that angle.
As a jazz musician whose talents only take him so far, I’m constantly reading and thinking about jazz to help my musicianship along. No surprise then that I’m often led back to works by Mr. Gioia, and no surprise that those works tend to be the most valuable and helpful. This one is among the very best of Mr. Gioia’s works, so I give it the highest possible rating and recommendation.
I worked through this book and created a playlist on Spotify based on the discography/recommended recordings of the songs in this book. For the vast majority I was able to find the specific recordings referenced. I find it very educational to listen to the same tune by different artists in a row to get the essence of the tune and see how differently it can be interpreted and arranged. But you can also use shuffle to mix up the list and just enjoy a random stream of really great jazz recordings. For those that don't know Spotify is a free service you can install their player on your computer and listen to just about anything you want though there are commercials every few songs. I created this playlist as a companion especially for this book so thought I should post a link here to the playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/1213453431/playlist/3C296bXroVSMGoyqWWnAjw
Each work included is covered in 2-3 pages of detail. You learn who created the work and why. There are the early recordings, and how the work waxed and waned over time. Discussion of who played it, how they played it, and who didn't play it. How tempos and approaches to the work have changed over time. And how it is seen today.
Each section ends with a list of suggested recordings over the years.
As an example of what you can learn from this book, consider the following two successive entries. The Basin Street Blues were named after a street which had changed name by the time the song appeared; the name was changed back to Basin Street because of the song. The Beale Street Blues were named after a Beale Avenue; its name was changed to Beale Street because of the song. Cool!
This is a long book, and probably only jazz musicians, jazz scholars, and jazz fanatics will enjoy plowing through the book cover to cover. Many others will enjoy browsing it to find out more about their favorite songs, or to check on something they heard. Keep in mind that it is an in-depth look at key works, not a comprehensive survey, and you should be satisfied.