By the 1930s, the radio and phonograph had transformed the experience of music in America from unique, live performances to the repetitive playing or broadcasting of records. In an age of mechanical reproduction, music was everywhere, but as Ted Gioia points out in this brilliant new volume, its impact was watered down, debased. It had become, in Erik Satie's words, "furniture music." Jazz, according to Gioia, stands opposed to this dehumanizing trend, emphasizing improvisation and the human element (the performer) over the work of art.
Taking a wide-ranging approach rare in jazz criticism, Gioia draws upon fields as disparate as literary criticism, art history, sociology, and aesthetic philosophy as he places jazz within the turbulent cultural environment of the 20th century. The book can be read on several levels: as a history of jazz and a study of its major figures; as a critique of major schools of thought, such as minimalism, deconstruction, and primitivism; as an attempt to define precise standards of good and bad in jazz; and as a meditation on the possibility of improvised art. Gioia argues that because improvisation--the essence of jazz--must often fail under the pressure of on-the-spot creativity, jazz should be seen as an "imperfect art" and judged by an "aesthetics of imperfection," which he outlines in a key chapter.
Incorporating the thought of such seminal thinkers as Walter Benjamin, José Ortega y Gasset, and Roland Barthes, The Imperfect Art is a feast for the thoughtful jazz afficionado, filled with vivid portraits of the giants of jazz and with startling insight into this vital musical form and the interaction of society and art.
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About the Author:
Ted Gioia teaches jazz history and performance at Stanford University. His debut album as a jazz pianist, The End of the Open Road, will be released in Spring 1988.
"This is a unique book on jazz. I highly recommend it as a bridge between the jazz musician and layman."--Stan Getz
"In seven intelligent, uncranky, well-written chapters, scholar and pianist Gioia provides a compelling primer on jazz aesthetics.... Gioia writes...with great verve, peppering his theorizing with cogent profiles of major figures and styles. Thoughtful jazz lovers of all degrees of musical literacy ought to be delighted and enlightened by Gioia's yeomanly effort. A rich little book."--Booklist
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. 1988 Hardcover Book in original dust Jacket, FIRST EDITION. BRAND NEW from 1988 publisher. Never opened, Never read, Never marked. 140 pages + index. Book size: 6" wide x 8-1/2" tall x 3/4" thick. This interesting and informative account of Jazz Music draws upon . literary criticism . art history . sociology . and philosophy . Rare in Jazz music criticism . it places jazz within the turbulent cultural environment of the 20th Century . " The Imperfect Art - Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture " . by Ted Gioia . published by Oxford University Press , New York . 1988 First Edition Hard cover book in original DJ *** Secure packing for Safe shipping, since 1965 *** 6 x 8-1/2 x 3/4 ". Nº de ref. de la librería 150
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