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
Loved it. Really captures the elements that have gone to make up our current moment in jazz.
I got this book as a secret Santa gift last year - it's been a few months at least since I read anything about jazz, but this book is absolutely fantastic if you have any interest in modern jazz. If you're not up on modern conversations about jazz music, you might find this book a bit hard to follow, and if you don't have any familiarity or interest in jazz period, this book will certainly not change your mind, but I don't think it's written with audiences like that in mind. For people intereste ...more
Had the good fortune of noticing someone reading this on the train. An incredibly well-written survey of how jazz music has evolved into where it is now. Some of the best written description of music I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Kudos to the author for arranging a vast amount of information into an accessible narrative. Totally exploded my playlist with thousands of hours of powerful, exciting, experimental, engaging music by oodles of brilliant musicians and composers.
Chinen Clearly knows jazz as a very historical, diverse, and growing art form. It is also clear that he is a remarkable musical critic. This is an enjoyable book and did turn me on to some new artists who I feel carry the torch further in the jazz genre. I do feel like there are moments where he is loose as to what he regards as jazz, but a very enjoyable text nonetheless.
A rangy, meticulously researched, well-organized book—more of a look into the people who are variously playing, resuscitating, preserving, and evolving jazz into the 21st century than an analysis of the music itself. The bio sketch format is neither linear nor chronological as one might expect, but works well; later chapters focusing on Jason Moran, the Soulquarians, Esperanza Spalding, and the guitarist Mary Halvorson—whose music I intensely dislike, not that it matters—are standouts.
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Some chapters are better than others and it can get pretty theoretical (and not the music kind) at times. Overall very interesting and knowledgable book which taught me plenty of new music.