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Playing Changes by Nate Chinen
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Jul 23, 2019 | ISBN 9781101873496
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“Nate Chinen has written a terrific book about the shape of contemporary jazz, and right now is a terrific time to read it.” —The Washington Post

“Essential. . . . Fascinating and vital. . . . A perfectly timed, well-tuned chronicle of the past, present, and future of jazz.” —Slate 

“Chinen has excellent taste in unruly new sounds and big, bent ears.” —The New York Times
 
“Brilliant. Incisive. Jazz lives on and on and on, folks.” —Sonny Rollins

“Daring and illuminating. . . . No writer has confronted the of-this-moment character of contemporary jazz with the clarity and authority that Nate Chinen has brought to it. . . . He is a listener of true brilliance.” —David Hajdu, The Nation

“Graceful and comprehensive.” —Rolling Stone

“Chinen’s passion for the art form and deep understanding and knowledge of jazz make for a fascinating read. His firm support of the music and belief that the changes taking place within it will continue to serve it well—solidifying jazz as a global mode of communication without bounds—are truly uplifting.”Herbie Hancock

“A sturdy, finely crafted and open-ended framework for consideration of where jazz is headed, and why.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Sharp in style and warm in feeling, Nate Chinen’s virtuoso survey dispenses with the familiar agendas and polemics that have too often boxed in writing on contemporary jazz. He follows the music where it goes and exults in its plurality of voices.”Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

“A thorough and thoughtful examination. . . . [Chinen] looks at the work of a generation of artists that includes Kamasi Washington, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Jason Moran and finds a level of imagination and expression that has stretched the genre beyond the ‘jazz wars’ of years ago into an ever-expanding sound of endless possibility.” —Los Angeles Times

“Exciting reading. . . . The book builds impressively. . . . Should delight musicians and readers of all kinds.” —DownBeat

“Dazzling. . . . A stunning and wondrous journey. . . . Chinen improvises brilliantly across the progressions of jazz so that every page of his book brims with insight.” —No Depression 

“Elegant, evocative writing. . . . Mesmerizing. . . . Essential. . . . Like the best nonfiction, Playing Changes will motivate jazz diehards and neophytes alike to discover what’s out there and what’s on the horizon.” —PopMatters

“A brilliant and wide-ranging new history of jazz. . . . Chinen’s virtuoso jazz history will drive
readers to listen to the music anew, or for the first time.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Chinen is setting a new standard. . . . [Playing Changes] brings jazz criticism not only to a new period of history but also to a fascinating era of musical exploration and discovery.” —Booklist

Table Of Contents

Foreword ix
 
1 Change of the Guard 3
2 From This Moment On 31
3 Uptown Downtown 49
4 Play the Mountain 72
5 The New Elders 86
6 Gangsterism on a Loop 101
7 Learning Jazz 119
8 Infiltrate and Ambush 137
9 Changing Sames 156
10 Exposures 183
11 The Crossroads 200
12 Style Against Style 224
 
Afterword 238
The 129 Essential Albums of the Twenty-First Century (So Far) 243
Acknowledgments 249
Notes 251
Index 259

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