Jazz 101 is a fascinating entry into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America´s most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than 50 years. Szwed´s complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the 20th century, the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences, and recommended listening, plus appendices on jazz singers, record guides, and more.Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000748de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rhythm & blues emerged from the African American community in the late 1940s to become the driving force in American popular music over the next half-century. Although sometimes called ´´doo-wop´´, ´´soul´´, ´´funk´´, ´´urban contemporary´´, or ´´hip-hop´´, R&B is actually an umbrella category that includes all of these styles and genres. It is in fact a modern-day incarnation of a musical tradition that stretches back to 19th-century America, and even further to African beginnings. The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999 traces the development of R&B from 1950 to 1999 by closely analyzing the top 25 songs of each decade. The music of artists as wide-ranging as Louis Jordan; John Lee Hooker; Ray Charles; James Brown; Earth, Wind & Fire; Michael Jackson; Public Enemy; Mariah Carey; and Usher takes center stage as the author illustrates how R&B has not only retained its traditional core style, but has also experienced a ´´re-Africanization´´ over time. By investigating musical elements of form, style, and content in R&B - and offering numerous musical examples - the book shows the connection between R&B and other forms of American popular and religious music, such as spirituals, ragtime, blues, jazz, country, gospel, and rock ´n´ roll. With this evidence in hand, the author hypothesizes the existence of an even larger musical ´´super-genre´´ which he labels ´´The New Blue Music´´. Richard J. Ripani is a faculty member at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a professional musician and songwriter in Nashville, performing with artists such as Ronnie Milsap, Ronnie McDowell, the Kentucky Headhunters, and Lee Greenwood. He has worked on numerous national television programs and earned gold and platinum records. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003714de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is music? How is it constructed? How is it consumed? Why do you enjoy it at all? In Music: A Very Short plays Introduction, Nicholas Cook invites us to really think about music and the role it plays in our lives and our ears. Drawing on a number of accessible examples, the author prompts us to call on our own musical experiences in order to think more critically about the roles of the performers and the listener, about music as a commodity and an experience, what it means to understand music, and the values we ascribe to it.This very short introduction, written with both humor and flair, begins with a sampling of music as human activity and then goes on to consider the slippery phenomenon of how music has become an object of thought. Covering not only Western and classical music, Cook touches on all types from rock to Indonesian music and beyond. Incorporating musical forms from every continent, Music will make enjoyable reading for beginner and expert alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000906de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does classical music mean to the Western world? How has it transformed over the centuries? What relevance does it have today? Julian Johnson inspires readers to explore over 1,000 years of music and examines how music is related to some of the big ideas of Western experience, including spirituality, emotion, the weight of history, and self-identity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoff Ridden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001153de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A meditation on music as a non-sensory experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Tyler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097955de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Classical purists say it isn´t ´real´ music, yet it regularly tops charts and plays to sell-out concert hall audiences. Chart music followers consider the orchestral form passé, yet artists are increasingly sampling from cinema classics. Many cinemagoers are unaware there is music accompanying the films they watch. Some composers say that´s the way it should be. Others strongly disagree.This book celebrates the rich history behind all these views. Who have been the most influential composers and who have they influenced? Which scores have best served a film and why? What have been the historical, social, and technological changes that have affected the industry? This book addresses all these points in a chronological examination of this much-maligned art form. From Ben Hur to Star Wars and Psycho to Scream, film music has played an essential role in such genre-defining classics. Making us laugh, cry, and jump with fright, it´s the manipulative tool directors cannot do without. There are many differing approaches and opinions about what achieves a desired emotional effect, with composers always hunting a golden rulebook of tricks they can employ. This isn´t that particular book. What´s in it? The turbulent history, the ever-changing craft, the reclusive or limelight-loving superstars, the enthusiastic world of fandom surrounding it, and the best way to build a collection. It´s all streamlined into a user-friendly guide for buffs and novices alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victoria Gaskell-Watkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000180de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever wondered how great musicians get that way? Would you like to get more practicing done in less time and grow your talent to the highest level possible? Berklee-degreed 30-year veteran musician/instructor Stan Munslow has culled together six powerful, proven practice strategies used by the world´s top players that will give you a lifetime of life smarts that will save you countless hours of time no matter what style of music you play or what level you´re at. Even school band musicians will benefit from these easy-to-follow techniques. Stan Munslow is a Rhode Island-based musician, writer, and instructor with over 25 years´ experience both onstage and backstage. He holds a BM from Berklee College of Music and has been leading musicians, professional and amateur alike, onto the stage since 1981. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stan Munslow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000561de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As early as 1954, a new style of music - a combination of country and rhythm and blues - was unfolding. To the parents of teenagers, it was worrisome, perhaps even evil. In this collection of original recordings from interviews and press conferences, artists talk about the early years of rock ´n´ roll, their challenges, and their successes. Includes legendary moments from Bill Haley; Carl Perkins; Elvis Presley; Frankie Laine; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Sam Phillips; Gene Vincent; Jerry Lee Lewisl Paul Anka; Little Richard; Bobby Darin; Buddy Holly; Chuck Berry; Frankie Avalon; Sammy Davis, Jr.; James Brown; Johnny Cash; the Beatles; Jim Morrison; Jimi Hendrix; and John Lennon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008552de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For more than 20 years, music critic Bernard Holland reviewed the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. He reported both sides of the culture war between an honored past and radical change. Throughout his writings, Holland discusses what classical music really is, destroys the myth of high and low art, and defines the job of the music critic. Along the way, the listener will chat with Herbert von Karajan, take a plane trip with Yo-Yo Ma, and walk the slow walk with Robert Wilson. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Lipovitch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080300de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why does music affect you so profoundly? It impacts the way you think, talk, feel, behave and even spend money. With his conversational style, humour and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell showcases fascinating studies - for example, that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music, and, even more astounding, they are more likely to buy German wine in stores playing German music. With chapters on music and emotions, music as medicine, music and intelligence and much more, Why We Love Music will entertain through to the very last minute. A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, Why We Love Music is the perfect audiobook for anyone who loves a tune. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Fox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000923de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.