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  • Grace Testani wrote on June 01, 2012 report

    In “Deciphering the Message: Hidden Meanings of Jazz” R.D. Edward’s assumptions or inventions about the “secret meaning” in Jazz is not only a totally ridiculous premise, it shows his complete misunderstanding of Jazz and the cultural times it is created in. For example “Sweets” as a nickname for Harry Sweets Edison, does not refer to him liking sweets. This is an expression that Jazz artists use to express a mellow and smooth sound. And I take particular umbrage to his assertion that Scatting is somehow coded messages (when played back on a turntable). As a vocal Jazz artist who scats, I can tell you this is pure nonsense. Also, Mr. Edwards' silly notions disrespect the artistry and musicianship that Ella Fitzgerald and other Jazz Vocalists display when scatting. I am sure that Mr. Edwards could write a more reasonable book if he studied the history of Jazz music with relationship to the times in which it was and is created.

  • Ross Prior wrote on August 29, 2012 report

    This book must be a joke? He has no idea what he is claiming.

  • John Kelman wrote on August 29, 2012 report

    It is, indeed, a joke review - it was published on April 1, 2003...and look for the green icon with its tongue sticking out at you at the bottom :)