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Jazz Styles: History And Analysis by Mark C. Gridley

The search for a truly versatile text for jazz history and style classes can be time consuming and frustrating for those instructors desiring a course of study that can be adapted to musicians and non-musicians. The search can end here with Mark Gridley’s 6th edition of his Jazz Styles: History And Analysis.

Gridley has developed a textbook that serves not only as a scholarly exploration of jazz history and analysis of playing and compositional trends but also as a book that can be read by non-musicians for its wealth of information about the art of jazz music. There are two CD’s accompa-nying the book, one demonstration disc that illustrates in-strumental sounds and stylistic differences and a Jazz Classics disc with historically important personnel and groups represented. Combining these discs with the text, readers with no previous knowledge of jazz can begin to explore this music with a great degree of security in knowing that they are listening to the music in a “correct” manner. Those with previous listening or playing experience will find this set to be a refreshing and knowledgeable addition to their library and musical background.

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