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Aside from its role in encouraging and chronicling the sexual revolution, Playboy has been in the vanguard of reviewing jazz. This guide, written by the magazine's Chicago-based jazz critic, Neil Tesser, is a complete, compact handbook for the general public that offers a well-written and informative look at the essential recordings of "America's classical music."
Putting a jazz guide together is an intricate balancing act: whatand whomdo you include or leave out? Tesser has done a great job of presenting the jazz canon of yesterday and today, but he also gives us a credible glimpse into what we'll be listening to in the future. Starting from 1917 and working up to the 1990s, Tesser lists some of the best jazz albums, including Duke Ellington's The Blanton-Webster Years, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, Ornette Coleman's avant-garde stylings on Free Jazz, the fusion of Weather Report's Mysterious Traveller, and Wynton Marsalis's neoclassic J Mood. Although the book could have benefited from illustrations and lacks specific Latin jazz recommendations, Tesser's compilation is in the groove and up-to-date.
Synopsis: The ideal introduction to the history of jazz and its rich and varied heritage, this guide profiles 250 of the best jazz CDsselected from the thousands availablegrouping them into chapters devoted to significant movements and periods of jazz history.
NEIL TESSER on The Playboy Guide to Jazz...
Having spent most of my adult life spinning jazz on the radio, writing reviews, and talking to new (as well as experienced) listeners and readers, I've come to realize how initmidating it is for most people to walk into a CD store or crack open one of those "all-inclusive" jazz guides. That's why I tore out so much hair winnowing the available discs down to an average of 25 first-tier selections per chapter. (And coming up with 50 "essential" starters, as I did at the end of the book well, don't even ask.) If you've ever wondered something like, "This bebop stuff sounds intriguing; where should I start?" (ch.3) or "Despite all the hype, is Wynton Marsalis really that good?" (ch.8), or "Who's really happening RIGHT NOW?" (ch.9), then I wrote this for you. Making choices like this just about guarantees controversy, and I'm steeled for it: my e-mail address is included, so feel free to ask more or offer your opinions. No reasonable request will go unanswered.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com