Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

One of jazz's leading critics gives us 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 One of jazz's leading critics gives us an invigorating, richly detailed portrait of the artists and events that have shap...

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Title:Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century
Author:Nate Chinen
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Genres:Music
ISBN:Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century Reviews

  • Jon
    Oct 29, 2018
    This is a great look at recent jazz from a really terrific writer and thinker. I was only familiar with a handful of musicians Chinen discussed, but I walked away with a whole new list of folks to check out. I do really like how he treated the whole Marsalis issue - not disregarding hi...
  • K
    Aug 19, 2018
    The first half of this book is incredibly strong with tons of observations that cut through the fray. I found the chapter on jazz education to be puzzling and didn't really get as clear a sense of the point as, say, the chapters on jazz heroism and the uptown/downtown divide. The secon...
  • Davy
    Mar 05, 2019
    This book does for contemporary jazz what David Azerrad's This Band Could Be Your Life did for the alternative 80s underground. 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 (v...
  • Ted Burke
    Aug 17, 2018
    A book I'm currently reading, "Playing Changes" by Nate Chinen, is a fascinating argument that we are currently in an age of amazing new jazz artists and an equal amount of amazing innovation and new ways for jazz composers and soloists to further this resilient art of musical improvis...
  • Brian
    May 27, 2019
    What a wonderful way to rekindle your interest in jazz (or music in general). Chinen knows his jazz history, and fairly surveys all the twists and turns of the "new century". There are wonderful "lists" of key album/artists at the end of each chapter, and a "129 Essential Albums of the...
  • John Marr
    Sep 14, 2018
    Let's see, of the "125 essential jazz releases for the new millennium" I own one. Guess I'm not the target audience for this book. ...
  • Columbus
    Jan 01, 2019
    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 more than seeps through from these pages. Nate here makes a case for the ?new? jazz that incorporates other...
  • Herzog
    Feb 05, 2019
    As a rather casual jazz fan, I was feeling as if I'd been missing out on more recent jazz and went looking for recommendations. As part of that search, someone recommended this book. I was pleased to discover that I was familiar with many of the artists discussed in this book. It remin...
  • Fraser Kinnear
    Apr 03, 2019
    Really fantastic - I've filled my spotify playlist with probably three dozen albums to listen to. Beyond the recommendations, there's some fun music criticism. I really enjoyed the Gen X philosophy comparison between Brad Mehldau and David Foster Wallace, the Electric Lady creation ...
  • Brian
    May 30, 2019
    It?s like Our Band Could Be Your Life for contemporary jazz. ...
  • Josh
    Nov 11, 2018
    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 up tantalizing titles throughout the book, and concludes with an invaluable list of 129 essential albums? enough to keep ravenous liste...
  • Scott Schneider
    Aug 21, 2018
    Amazing review of the past 30 years of jazz. Many of the rising stars he cites I am familiar with but there were many I haven't heard of. I wish the book had been accompanied with a CD of music to listen to while reading the book. Chinen shows that jazz is alive and well with dozens of...
  • Filippe
    Dec 29, 2018
    A rangy, meticulously researched, well-organized book?more 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 mi...
  • Walter Parsons
    Nov 11, 2018
    What?s happening now in jazz music. Encyclopedic look at the jazz scene in the 21st century. Anchored in history and hyper- aware of the current scene and it?s sometimes competing directions. ...
  • marsbars
    Nov 02, 2018
    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 that's when fusion went big and...
  • Butch Lazorchak
    Feb 02, 2019
    Loved it. Really captures the elements that have gone to make up our current moment in jazz. ...
  • Sam Sibley
    Apr 30, 2019
    Nate's point is that jazz now has the most entry points for different listeners and stitched together a narrative that makes me see jazz in a whole other light. The recommended albums per year is awesome. ...
  • Timoteus
    Dec 01, 2018
    A terrific set of jazz essays that bring us up to date on the developments in jazz that are keeping it alive and vibrant. Not to mention that it reminds those who might not be paying attention or don't care (but should if they are fans of contemporary music!) of how surprising and vibr...
  • Jacob
    Nov 22, 2018
    While at times the writing can be obtuse (Chinen compares the playing of a jazz guitarist to a sea urchin), this book reignited my love for jazz. Chinen's writing for majority of the book is brimming with the same amount of vivacity and intricacy of the music that he describes. Each ch...
  • kathy
    Jan 05, 2019
    This is for jazz lovers and aficionados or students who want to learn what's going on today 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...
  • Jazz Fan
    Mar 11, 2019
    Nicely done and quite comprehensive on recent developments in jazz. ...
  • Dave Allen
    Apr 24, 2019
    Authoritative, far-seeing, and fun, even on a sentence-by-sentence basis. So many colorful, resonant descriptions without being overly florid or showy. Really well grounded in history and style. Supremely informative, especially for readers with an interest in new/experimental music bu...
  • Will McGee
    Feb 19, 2019
    I got this book as a secret Santa gift last year - it's been a few months at least since I read anything about jazz, but this book is absolutely fantastic if you have any interest in modern jazz. If you're not up on modern conversations about jazz music, you might find this book a bit ...
  • Jeffrey Anthony
    Sep 25, 2018
    I read roughly 40 books a year, I have a degree in jazz from University of Miami, I make my living as a professional session and touring musician, this is one of the best books I have read in the last 3 years. Not even close, I loved this book! I can't tell you how many times I smil...
  • Kuup
    Dec 13, 2018
    Some chapters are better than others and it can get pretty theoretical (and not the music kind) at times. Overall very interesting and knowledgable book which taught me plenty of new music. ...
  • Dave Purcell
    Sep 01, 2018
    Excellent dive into the storylines and developments of modern jazz. Lots of great recommendations included. ...
  • Patrick
    Sep 25, 2018
    Chinen Clearly knows jazz as a very historical, diverse, and growing art form. It is also clear that he is a remarkable musical critic. This is an enjoyable book and did turn me on to some new artists who I feel carry the torch further in the jazz genre. I do feel like there are moment...
  • Alex Abboud
    Oct 13, 2018
    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 more through this book. Chinen, a notab...
  • Dan Abromowitz
    Oct 29, 2018
    yo..... jazz is tight ...
  • Tim Niland
    Aug 25, 2018
    Nate Chinen is one of the most well known jazz jazz critics of the modern era, writing for the New York Times, NPR and more. 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...