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Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass

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

By Dowdall, Peter

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Technology and the Stylistc 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 ha...rmonic 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, 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 to be 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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ISBN 9781138236561
Released NZ 27 Jul 2017
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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ISBN-13 9781138236561
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 27 Jul 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Dowdall, Peter
Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Category Jazz
Rock & Pop Music
Number of Pages 222
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 787.87165
Weight 476g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Music and technology, Jazz - History and criticism, Bass guitar, Double bass
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text College/higher education;College/higher education