Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
This audiobook was so good that I purchased the paperback, just to have as a reference. The author does a great job with the various stages of the development of jazz. The only downside (and it's not enough to keep this from being a 5 star book) is that the narrator has to read all of the discography references. This was a WONDERFUL book. Best read if you already have a little bit of knowledge of basic music terminology (what improvisation is, etc..). Highly recommend!
this is not a good book. It does not follow any course of history. Does not go by timeline or jazz period but instead random chapters on randoms topics. And the wording is very verbose and has a very sterile tone to it all. Boring and with no music in the audio book. Try something else. I have read many books on jazz history and this was the worst.
A pretty good overview of Jazz. Any writer of a subject like jazz has to pick and choose what he will talk about and what to leave out. Everyone will have some quibble, but overall it's a decent introduction. It is a little outdated since it came out before the era of iTunes and Spotify.
A good overview of jazz from a USA-oriented perspective, just that it misses so much ... where is the European influence. What is Jazz 101 without Gypsy Jazz? About Jazz 85.
A lot about it is good.
I have to admit I didn'T finish this book. I'm baffled by how anyone can make such an interesting and entertaining subject as jazz so boring.
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