Widely adopted for its well-balanced approach andextensive and innovative supplements package, this classic chronologicalsurvey of jazz history brings the various historical styles to life byexploring them through the lives of the musicians and a study of theirrecordings. It covers all historical periods fromearly blues and work songs to contemporary performers such as MichaelBrecker and New York Voices; focuses on the chronology of jazz styles andhow they have influenced one another; includes many biographies toilluminate the music. The biographies define the cultural elements whichsurround the musicians and the music and focus on performers who standout as leaders in the development of a particular jazz style, or whose liveshave been bound up with the lives of many other musicians and thus revealinteresting interactions between various musicians who have determinedthe direction of jazz over the years.
The new edition of a text first published in 1984 updates current and ongoing stylistic trends and provides new biographical sketches for recent and historical musicians. B&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)