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Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $69.00
  • December 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93563-9
  • 496 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.


Essential Listening


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Scott DeVeaux (Author, University of Virginia), Gary Giddins (Author, The Leon Levy Center for Biography)


More direct engagement with the music than any other text and listening package

Jazz: Essential Listening provides many opportunities for direct engagement with the music:

Innovative repertoire. 41 works create a vibrant vision of jazz for the 21st century. Along with must-have recordings by Armstrong, Ellington, Mingus, Monk, and Miles, Jazz: Essential Listening includes works by James P. Johnson, Clifford Brown, George Russell, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Smith, Weather Report, Jason Moran, and others.

A Concise 2-CD set—covering a century of jazz—provides all core listening.

A Concise mp3 DVD with iLG software—offers a stable and convenient listening option that will facilitate faculty presentation and student review while providing the most popular recording format.

Listening Guides integrated throughout the text feature timings and short musical descriptions for all 41 tracks. Headnotes identify the musicians, recording data, and date, style, and form of the piece. What to Listen For boxes summarize the take-away points. A vivid narrative introduction leading into every Listening Guide sets each piece in context and highlights what’s exciting in the music and how it was created.

Interactive Listening Guides (iLGs). Available free on StudySpace, the iLGs synchronize jazz audio with author commentary to provide the ultimate guide to directed listening. What to Listen For boxes provide brief audio demos of the most important musical points. Highlighted terms link to an online glossary to define key terms as you listen. Each iLG ends with a listening quiz that challenges students to identify the instruments, performers, and form of the piece.