Written by award-winning jazz historian Ted Gioia, this comprehensive guide offers an illuminating look at more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. In this comprehensive and unique survey, here are the songs that sit at the heart of the jazz repertoire, ranging from "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Autumn in New York" to "God Bless the Child," "How High the Moon," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."
Gioia includes Broadway show tunes written by such greats as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, and classics by such famed jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane. The audiobook offers vibrant discussions of each song, packed with information about how the song was written, who recorded it, the song's place in jazz history, and much more. Gioia includes recommendations for more than 2,000 recordings, with a list of suggested tracks for each song. Filled with colorful anecdotes and expert commentary, The Jazz Standards will appeal to a wide audience, serving as a fascinating introduction for new fans, an invaluable and long-needed audiobook for jazz lovers and musicians, and an indispensable reference for students and educators.
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Great info, but not ideal in audio format
While this book offers interesting insight and info on the origins of the Great American Songbook, the format presents the information in alphabetical order, a great format for thumbing through as with a reference book, but not so good as an entertaining listen. It's like hearing the dictionary or encyclopedia read to you page by page. I'm an an avid fan of jazz and a 10 year fan of audible, but this is a tough audio book to "enjoy" as I usually do. I just want listeners to be prepared for the unconventional structure. I thought it was going to follow a more anecdotal or story-like format based on different periods of jazz history. For that kind of audio, I highly recommend the Great American Music lecture series.
Great resource, but could be greatly improved
- Matvey Kostukovsky