Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of jazz. Never again confuse your corn with your jam, your mouldy fig with your funky smelly, or your hep with your hip. Bask in the admiration of your fellow enthusiasts as you explain the difference between bebop and hard bop, and pronounce confidently about the provenance of the word ‘jazz’ (and, indeed, ‘boogie’).
Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer’s Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.
“A much hotter form of cool jazz was started up called ‘hard bop’ – because it was hard to play and, for some people, even harder to listen to.”
“Corn: term of abuse for jazz that is likely to appeal to the general public, who are frequently referred to by the jazz community as ‘cornflakes’.”
“Art Tatum was so fast on the keyboard that no one could tell if he was making mistakes or not (least of all himself).”
Paul Barnes took up the trumpet at the age of 11, and while at art school he played in the Weary City Stompers (WC, for short). He has worked as a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Today, The World at One and Woman’s Hour, among others, and continues to dispense his blend of rhythm and rhubarb weekly – some say weakly – on the BBC Radio jazz and blues programme The Late Paul Barnes.
Peter Gammond was an infant prodigy, playing the gramophone at the age of three and revealing a natural winding action that was the admiration of all who beheld it.
He is now acknowledged as one of the country’s leading gramophone players, as well as the author of an excessive number of books on music.
Jazz is almost the ideal subject for bluffing as no one seems to know for certain how, where or why it all began. So read the first chapter and you’ll soon know more than most…
We’re not usually ones to blow our own trumpet, but this book is a truly on the level. So get with the program and buy the damn thing!