One of jazz's leading critics gives us an invigorating, richly detailed portrait of the artists and events that have shaped the music of our time. Grounded in authority and brimming with style, Playing Changes is the first book to take the measure of this exhilarating moment: it is a compelling argument for the resiliency of the art form and a rejoinder to any claims about its calcification or demise."Playing changes," in jazz parlance, has long referred to an improviser's resourceful path through a chord progression. Playing Changes boldly expands on the idea, highlighting a host of significant changes--ideological, technological, theoretical, and practical--that jazz musicians have learned to navigate since the turn of the century. Nate Chinen, who has chronicled this evolution firsthand throughout his journalistic career, vividly sets the backdrop, charting the origins of jazz historicism and the rise of an institutional framework for the music. He traces the influence of commercial...
|Title||:||Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century Reviews
While at times the writing can be obtuse (Chinen compares the playing of a jazz guitarist to a sea urchin), this book reignited my love for jazz. Chinen's writing for majority of the book is brimming with the same amount of vivacity and intricacy of the music that he describes. Each chapter provides multiple albums of reference, summarized into a list of five at the end of each chapter. Chinen also provides an appendix of his favorite jazz albums released in or after the year 2000.
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A terrific set of jazz essays that bring us up to date on the developments in jazz that are keeping it alive and vibrant. Not to mention that it reminds those who might not be paying attention or don't care (but should if they are fans of contemporary music!) of how surprising and vibrant the sound continues to be. And it introduces me to some music and musicians that have not been given enough coverage. Gotta put Chinen onto some on-line aggregator, he's a fine guide. And a most entertaining wr ...more
Excellent dive into the storylines and developments of modern jazz. Lots of great recommendations included.