review ì E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø Nate ChinenAlbums are described as having fallen short suffered backlashThat sounds like a barrage complaints for a four star review maybe it is suffered backlashThat sounds like a barrage of complaints for a four star review maybe it is 35 would be accurate But stars don t ite cover that Playing Changes was a thoroughly enjoyable readable and authoritative look at my favorite art form and one I am happy to recommend There s two schools of thought about jazz post 1975 that it died and that it s as alive as ever I chose 1975 because that s when Miles Davis went on hiatus but the truth is you could take any year in the early 1970s and make a good case for it since t Chinen s book was two years old at the time I read it but it s still a good survey of the current jazz scene It s wide ranging examining all facets of jazz related music and musicians I was grateful for that inclusiveness but ironically it actually diminished my enjoyment of the book Some of the musicians he discusses just don t interest me and I found myself skimming some chapters On the other hand I found the sections dealing with musicians I admire like Jason Moran Mary Halvorson Vijay Iyer to be extremely interesting and enjoyableWhich is all to say that my mixed feelings about Chinen s book are about my own tastes than about the ality of the book itself My four star rating is on the generous side in terms of my actual reading enjoyment but considering what the author has achieved I m than willing to give Jazz Changes the benefit of the doubt This book does for contemporary jazz what David Azerrad s This Band Could Be Your Life did for the alternative 80s nderground In prose that is brisk lucid and contagious in its enthusiasm Chinen walks the reader through the various nooks crannies of the current jazz scene visiting stages both big and small and makes a compelling case for the genre s continued vitality If you re a music fan curious about the state of jazz today I can think of no better place to start your journey Playing Changes is essential for the listening suggestions alone You won t make it to the end without finding plenty to love One of the byproducts of great long form music criticism is that you walk away from it with a list of records to explore or revisit Chinen brings Even Monsters Need Haircuts up tantalizing titles throughout the book and concludes with an invaluable list of 129 essential albums enough to keep ravenous listeners busy for weeks The book itself is wonderfully broad minded showing real knowledge and affection for jazz history without ever being stodgy or nostalgic Likewise his jazz excavationsphold broader aesthetic arguments ltimately about being rooted in a lineage but not being beholden to it Chinen s prose is always admirably clear precise and readable An excellent jazz book and immediately a landmark Learn what s new in jazz and why It S Worthy People Love s worthy People love say Rock is dead Jazz is dead Chinen disagrees and makes a case for the vitality and excitement of the current jazz scene written in 2018 He has a great ear his opinions are formed from extensive listening to recordings and crucially being at countless live gigs As a NY Times reporter he also gets interviews with all the primary players His affection for the music is evident in every chapter and it s contagious This was exactly the book I d hoped for I m listening to great new music everyday since picking this p There is no way of prognosticating jazz s future or even its precise trajectory because the art form doe. Hting a host of significant changes ideological technological theoretical and practical that jazz musicians have learned to navigate since the turn of the century Nate Chinen who has chronicled this evolution firsthand throughout his journalistic career vividly sets the backdrop charting the origins of jazz historicism and the rise of an institutional framework for the music He traces the influence of commercialized jazz education and reflects on the implications of a globalized jazz ecology He npacks the synergies between jazz and postmillennial hip hop an. This is for jazz lovers and aficionados or students who want to
Learn What S Going Onwhat s going on in jazz always placed in an historical perspective It was heartening to read what s happening on an international level too which he dedicates a chapter on towards the end Chinen even lists a suggested library that he calls the 129 Essential Albums of the 21st Century so far It s clear he has immersed his life in jazz I needed my laptop next to me to decipher some of his musical descriptions plus it s a convenient way to listen to some of the mentioned artists music You Tube The book is best bought and kept on a shelf rather than a loan from the library if you love jazz I love books about jazz biographies auto bios memoirs essays general non fiction and even jazz themed fiction Nate Chinen in Playing Changes clearly loves jazz too It than seeps through from these pages Nate here makes a case for the new jazz that incorporates other musical styles Other styles would include hip hop rb electronic dance ethno jazz electro swing etc He peppers these chapters with an array of jazz artists both "familiar and many or most not so familiar The Foreword and first chapter are devoted "and many or most not so familiar The Foreword and first chapter are devoted two of the most phenomenal jazz artists of any era vocalist extraordinaire C cile McLorin Salvant and tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington Further on we hear from Brad Mehldau Steve Coleman Esperanza Spaulding Vijay Iyer Jason Moran Robert Glasper and many many
others What I enjoyed about this book is Chinen does an incredible job of breaking down and explaining whatWhat I enjoyed about this book is Chinen does an incredible job of breaking down and explaining what artists do so well I will se this book as a re This book is perfect for people like myself who are fans of jazz but not so dedicated they re on top of new trends and artists I had heard of some like Kamasi Washington Joshua Redman the Bad Plus etc but discovered and learned about many through this book Chinen a notable jazz writer and critic traces the evolution of the genre through the late 20th century and the 21st century to date His book shows that the genre remains dynamic contrary to popular opinion Particularly valuable are his album recommendations at the end of each chapter and his list of essential albums of the 21st century so far A rangy meticulously researched well organized book of a look into the people who are variously playing resuscitating preserving and evolving jazz into the 21st century than an analysis of the music itself The bio sketch format is neither linear nor chronological as one might expect but works well later chapters focusing on Jason Moran the Souluarians Esperanza Spalding and the guitarist Mary Halvorson whose music I intensely dislike not that it matters are standoutsChinen s precious when not pretentious writing style often does the book no favors every other sentence seems to groan در آخرین روزهای رضاشاه under the weight of adjectives and descriptors Some subjects and scenes get fairlyndue weight to the detriment of others although this may be a product of the book s gestation period than a conscious decision The booming UK jazz scene arguably the most fervent hotbed of jazz and near jazz musics in 2018 gets little than a couple of paragraphs while half of a dense chapter is devoted to the at best nascent Beijing scene And for the work of a critic Playing Changes is positively fawning Very little of the prodigious output covered in the book is presented in any negative light weak critically panned or peer derided. One of jazz's leading critics gives s an invigorating richly detailed portrait of the artists and events that have shaped the music of our time Grounded in authority and brimming with style Playing Changes is the first book to take the measure of this exhilarating moment it is a compelling argument for the resiliency of the art form and a rejoinder to any claims about its calcification or demisePlaying changes in jazz parlance has long referred to an improviser's resourceful path through a chord progression Playing Changes boldly expands on the idea highlig.
most recent jazz surveys and histories tend torecent jazz surveys and histories tend to is an explosion of new techniues accents and protocols that define the state of the art in our time The machinery of culture and commerce is far better primed to highlight historical achievements Nate Chinen cites the insightful Ben Ratliff as a mentor with this book and his reviews in the NYT Chinen joins the pantheon of critics who celebrate jazz and turn on the listeners of the world Nate Chinen is one of the most well known jazz jazz critics of the modern era writing for the New York Times NPR and In this book he examines the jazz scene in the post millennium time period focusing on the young musicians and issues that are notable in today s music It s a breathless rush through some of the major themes that have become prevalent as of late such as the neo conservatism presented by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra vs the DIY aesthetic of John Zorn s performance space The Stone and the Vision Festival of Patricia Nicholson and William Parker This is demonstrated by analyzing the conflicting desire to hold on to traditional swing and blues against the increasing influence of hip hop and complex new musical forms represented by Kamasi Washington and Mary Halvorson respectively To Chinen s credit he doesn t see these approaches as completely contradictory beveling that there is significant overlap that hedges against any reductive conclusion The book draws both from the voluminous writing he has done in the past along with
"New Ideas And He Presents "ideas and he presents as a master of the biographical sketch juggling character sketches musical analysis and interviews with colleagues to present a well rounded look into individual musicians His examination of the position of women in jazz is particularly illuminating beginning with Cecile McLorin Salvant s subtle tweaking of the role of the modern jazz vocalist and approach to standards and repertoire and Esperanza Spalding s journey to from a prodigy through to massive success and awards and the drive to stay at the public eye
EITHER THROUGH WEBCASTS OR PLAYING AGAINST TYPE IN HERthrough webcasts or playing against type in her bands or with others from post bop with Joe Lovano through to her own nclassifiable Emily D Evolution project The profile of Mary Halvorson is particularly illuminating as she speaks candidly about being being a woman in predominantly male led groups and her triumph has an original and an iconoclast is very interesting Other profiles of note include a lengthy look at the music of Jason Moran and his voyage from Houston to becoming a modern mainstream phenom in the first decade of the millennium to someone who became interested in larger scale thematic and multimedia presentations breaking away from Blue Note Records to self releaese music on his own terms One of the missed opportunities in this book was a potential discussion of music distribution in the modern era particularly the Bandcamp vs Spotify approaches though the issue has been discussed at length elsewhere Whether examining the overarching themes that confront the music in the modern age or getting down to the granular level by interviewing musicians and examining their output Chinen is engaging and thought provoking throughout giving the reader the tools and the encouragement to check out the music for themselves balancing boosterism with criticism in a fine and thoughtful manner. D RB illuminating an emergent rhythm signature for the music And he shows how a new generation of shape shifting elders including Wayne Shorter and Henry Threadgill have moved the aesthetic center of the musicWoven throughout the book is a vibrant cast of characters from the saxophonists Steve Coleman and Kamasi Washington to the pianists Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer to the bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding who have exerted an important influence on the scene This is an adaptive new music for a complex new reality and Playing Changes is the definitive guid. .