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That Devilin’ Tune: A Jazz History 1900-1950 by Allen Lowe

That Devilin’ Tune is a useful antidote to the Ken Burns TV series, CDs and books dealing with jazz history.

Where Burns emphasizes his “great man” theory, Lowe, while not neglecting Armstrong, Parker and Ellington, speaks of the evolution of jazz more in terms of movements that were founded by a number of musicians. He gives more emphasis to significant but less-well-known artists, since it does take a number of musicians to create and flesh out a genre.

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