The influential but controversial German writer, broadcaster, and record producer , Joachim-Ernst Berendt (–), author of the world’s best-selling jazz. Author: Joachim-Ernst Berendt and Gunther Huesmann Price: $ Format: Paperback Book:The Jazz Book (Seventh Edition): From Ragtime to the 21st. Joachim-Ernst Berendt, a German writer who was best known as a jazz critic but who was also a radio and concert producer and the author of.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He wrote 33 books in all, many of which dealt with jazz or music. The chapter on “The Elements of Jazz” has held up well or been revised for that purpose. The Jazz Book makes you believe that such a debate has a home, at least in its own opinionated, well-argued pages. Jachim jazz meets European New Music Chapter jjoachim.

Here was a book that did not get long-winded about this potentially blah-blah-blah topic.

It didn’t feature interviews or essays like most jazz books. But coming from this basic berejdt are myriad branches: The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

So it is no surprise that a European, German Joachim-Ernst Berendt himself, wrote the ultimate book on jazz that should not be missing in any library.

In other places, however, the book is more vital. Berendt died on 4 February at the age of 77 after a traffic accident which he was involved in as a pedestrian.


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It became a definitive book on jazz translated into many languages and is still being updated and reprinted. With a new American discography by Kevin Whitehead. Its importance lies not just in recognising the importance of a major mediator and ‘enabler’ of postwar jazz; it also models the late twentieth century shift of the jazz centre of gravity away from the US and towards international fusions. On the uses of European jazz. He has published articles on jazz in Germany and Australia, as well as articles on German Cinema, cross-cultural film-making, and law.

And not just “tenorists” but those influenced by fusion.

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In its balancing of cultural theory with the most painstaking empirical research this is, quite simply, essential reading not just in jazz scholarship, but in the larger field of cultural history and its methodologies.

Hurley shows how Cold War politics and rejection of the National Socialist past heightened Berendt’s sense of mission. It read like a beginner’s guide that was written by an expert, and a canny one.

This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: The Jazz Book has always been great about this—acting as a quick summary of the existing literature. First published in as a page book, it has become the most comprehensive one-volume history of jazz pages in the German edition. The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.


Berendt’s huge collection of records, books, magazines, photos and more is in the archive of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt. From Ragtime to the 21st Century Length: To a young jazz fan like me, this was nothing less than a mineshaft filled with diamonds.

In these books Berendt investigates in listening in general, i.

Joachim-Ernst Berendt

I loved this page as a kid—its clarity and seeming inevitability. German musicians began, in a highly productive way, to question their all-too-eager adoption of American culture and how they sought to make valid artistic statements reflecting their identity as Europeans. Huesmann moves the discussion to “musicians influenced by rock and fusion”, then notes, “In the nineties, Michael Brecker was the most influential white tenorist. That’s a good thing.

So “Paul Desmond was a particularly successful figure of the Konitz line”, and vibist “Stefon Harris picked up where Bobby Hutcherson left off”, and “Joanne Brackeen was the first person to create a new image of the woman in jazz”.

Jazz greetings to jxzz from the East? The Marco Polo of jazz Chapter Retrieved from ” https: But that’s the niche of this book: This digs every jazz style it can name, and it smiles on tomorrow.

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