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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The Jazz Book was originally published inbut was frequently updated to take account of new developments in jazz in the ensuing decades, and remained an authoritative and reliable guide to the music for successive generations of jazz fans.

Hurley shows how Cold War politics and rejection of the National Socialist past heightened Berendt’s sense of mission. The Best World Music of In The Jazz Book Berendt points out that it was the Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet who wrote the first serious article on jazz, the Belgian Robert Goffin wrote joacbim first book on jazz in and the first jazz review was published by the Berebdt Charles Delaunay at the end of the s.

The founded the Berlin Jazz Days, an event which became a major European jazz festival, and arranged numerous concerts in Germany and elsewhere, joacim concerts linked to high-profile occasions like the Olympic Games in Munich, the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, and major events at the Lincoln Centre in New York.

As well as writing about jazz, Berendt was involved in the music as a record producer and concert organiser. This year’s collection includes many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight.

And influenced by Michael Brecker. Its importance lies not just in recognising the importance of a major mediator and ‘enabler’ joacnim postwar jazz; it also models the late twentieth century shift of the jazz centre of gravity away from the US and towards international fusions. The chapter on “The Elements of Jazz” has held up well or been revised for that purpose. It broke the music down by decades, style periods, instruments, meanings. The Jazz Book makes you believe that such a debate has a home, at least in its own opinionated, well-argued pages.


Berendt, who was born in Berlin inwas a passionate advocate for jazz throughout his life. Today, of course, I am berenft aware of how oversimplified it is. Adam McKay’s gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won’t be compared to Shakespeare, but it shares the Bard’s disinterest in supervillains’ motivations. It read like a beginner’s guide that was written by an expert, and a canny one. There’s enough subtlety here to fuel a good many debates about the chestnut, “What is jazz? The 60 Best Songs of playlist Mixed Media.

Joachim-Ernst Berendt

It became a definitive book on jazz translated into many languages and is still being updated and reprinted. It is to Hurley’s credit that he raises so many important issues surrounding jazz’s development in the second half of the twentieth century.

Authormusic journalist. Here, though The Jazz Book ‘s jazz history remains brief, it carries nuance.

He wrote 33 books in all, many of which dealt with jazz or music. Views Read Edit View history.

The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century by Joachim-Ernst Berendt and Gunther Huesmann

He co-founded a radio station, Suedwestrundfunk, in Baden-Baden in Germany inand made many thousands of broadcasts featuring the music to which he devoted so much of his time and energy.

Here was a book that did not get long-winded about this potentially blah-blah-blah topic. Berendt’s father Ernst Berendt was a Protestant pastor belonging to the Confessing Church and was imprisoned and died in the Dachau concentration camp.

The 20 Best Folk Albums of Berendt’s huge collection of records, books, magazines, photos and more is in the archive of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt. Philosophical in only small bursts, The Jazz Book was more like an interpretive encyclopedia than a history.


In the section on “Improvisation”, the book provides useful illustrations in the form of transcribed music on the staff, and it also makes useful reference to previous writing and commentary on jazz.

The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century – Joachim-Ernst Berendt – Google Books

Jazz, race, and colourblindness. The Jazz Book Seventh Edition: 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”.

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.

Paperback, 6th revised ed. The section from which I was quoting was not discussing saxophonists, but tenor saxophonists.

They also wisely connect this question of euphony to the fact that berebdt deported as slaves to the New World were forced to berend European languages” and to play on European instruments. Jazz has had a peculiar and fascinating history in Germany. At the time of the accident, he was on his way to an event promoting his latest book, an account of his experiences as an outdoor walker. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Berendt later focused on world music and was one of its early promoters. Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: