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:1101870346
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...
  • 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...
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    Aug 24, 2018
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  • 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. ...
  • Michael Powers
    Sep 01, 2018
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  • 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...
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    Nov 11, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Jukka
    Oct 03, 2018
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  • David
    Sep 22, 2018
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  • Herb
    Aug 17, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Joris Reutelingsperger
    Sep 15, 2018
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  • Sharmyn (Lumsden) Lilly
    Oct 26, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Scottdiesattheend
    Sep 12, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Ammon Miller
    Nov 24, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Dani Mexuto
    Nov 23, 2018
    Nate Chinen é o profesor Hawaiano de 2° de Bacharelato que nunca tiveche. Para un ignorante do jazz coma min Chinen deixa o cebo ao comezo do libro; mira o que te estás perdendo moderna, o Kamasi Washington, mira o jazz que está facendo o Jeff Parker dos teus adorados Tortoise, sab...
  • 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...
  • Joe Lunday
    Nov 02, 2018
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  • Jeremy
    Sep 26, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Mark
    Nov 22, 2018
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