How to not be overwhelmed by jazz?
February 16, 2010 7:34 PM Subscribe
Years ago, someone pointed me to Ishkur's guide for electronic music. Does something like that exist for jazz?
posted by shinyshiny to media & arts (10 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Ishkur's guide was great because it gave me a visual representation of the genre's histories, with small text explanations and song samples. I used it as a jumping point for more in depth searches. It's not a definitive guide, so I didn't feel overwhelmed.
That's what I'm looking for in regards to jazz. Something with sound clips from the various jazz genres, with little histories of the evolutions in style. Something I can refer back to often as I delve into specific styles and artists.
I'm also open to specific site/book/artist/blog/label/etc suggestions. Right now I'm going with very broad google and wikipedia searches, and feeling overwhelmed. Trying to learn about a whole new genre makes me feel like I'm 10 again. I'd like to get to the level where I can articulate something about what I like, beyond "oh, I like jazz!...this is jazz, right?"