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Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass

Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass (Paperback)

By Dowdall, Peter

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Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass traces the stylistic evolution of jazz from the bass player's perspective. Historical works to date have tended to pursue a `top down' reading, one that emphasizes the influence of the treble instruments on the melodic and h... read full description below.

ISBN 9780367231873
Barcode 9780367231873
Published 7 February 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
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Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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ISBN-13 9780367231873
ISBN-10 0367231875
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 7 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Dowdall, Peter
Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Category Jazz
Rock & Pop Music
Guitar
Number of Pages 236
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight 435g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Double bass, Jazz - History and criticism, Bass guitar, Music and technology
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade
Dewey Code 787.87165
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass traces the stylistic evolution of jazz from the bass player's perspective. Historical works to date have tended to pursue a `top down' reading, one that emphasizes the influence of the treble instruments on the melodic and harmonic trajectory of jazz. This book augments that reading by examining the music's development from the bottom up. It re-contextualizes the bass and its role in the evolution of jazz (and by extension popular music in general) by situating it alongside emerging music technologies. The bass and its technological mediation are shown to have driven changes in jazz language and musical style, and even transformed creative hierarchies in ways that have been largely overlooked. The book's narrative is also informed by investigations into more commercial musical styles such as blues and rock, in order to assess how, and the degree to which, technological advances first deployed in these areas gradually became incorporated into general jazz praxis. Technology and the Jazz Bass reconciles technology more thoroughly into jazz historiography by detailing and evaluating those that are intrinsic to the instrument (including its eventual electrification) and those extrinsic to it (most notably evolving recording and digital technologies). The author illustrates how the implementation of these technologies has transformed the role of the bass in jazz, and with that, jazz music as an art form.

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Author's Bio

Peter Dowdall is a former New York City bassist and recording engineer and is currently teaching at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music.

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