The Imperfect Art

The Imperfect Art : Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture

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This stimulating and perceptive study of jazz relates the work of jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman to such subjects as primitivism in the arts, neoclassicism, good and bad taste, improvisation and recordings and the imperfection of art, and aesthetics in general.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 157 x 228.6 x 12.4mm | 328.45g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195063287
  • 9780195063288
  • 322,318

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'In seven intelligent, uncranky, well-written chapters, scholar and pianist Gioia provides a compelling primer on jazz aesthetics.' Booklist 'In a series of short, pithy articles Gioia (pronounced 'Joya') tackles questions that most of us involved in jazz never stop to ask ourselves, maybe because they would make us uncomfortable. This is provocatively readable and, while not your average jazz book, it should make those who listen to and/or observe this music think about what it is they're doing.' Brian Priestley, Jazz Express 'This excellent book attempts to fit jazz into its proper cultural context and by implication correct many prejudices, illusions and errors of judgement. Clarity of writing and viewpoint makes for a stimulating read.' Declan O'Driscoll, In Dublin

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About Ted Gioia

Ted Gioia is Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the University of Stanford

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