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  • A Look Back at 2015

    Happy New Year’s everyone! To celebrate the start of 2016, we thought that we would share a few fun facts and accomplishments on Teen Jazz in the last year.

    Towards the end of 2015 we took a bit of a break – Teen Jazz Founder Shannon Kennedy was quite busy on tour promoting her new album with Groove LTD. But we’re back and we have some fantastic things in store for the next year!

    Teen Jazz is nearing the 450 article mark and we’re so excited. In 2016 we’ll see more than 500 posts since the site was redesigned in 2012.

    Our family of up and coming artists reached 61 members from all over the world – Canada, Sweden, the US, the UK, Venezuela and Argentina. You can join our community by applying here!

    We currently have a team of 13 contributing writers including: Shannon Kennedy, U-Nam, Rheuben Allen, Andrew Gordon, Cyrene Jagger, Richard Simon, Peggy Duquesnel, Sean Winter, Kenn Hadnot, Joel Perkosky, James Barrera, Adam Larson, and Dana Brenklin. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our team, please get in touch!


    1. A List of Summer Jazz Camps // This post has been in our top ten for about as long as the site has been up! If you’re looking for something music oriented to do this summer, this post is a great place to start.
    2. What Songs Should I Learn for Jam Sessions // We worked with a lot of great musicians to craft this list just for you.
    3. Saxophone Playing Tips and Practice Suggestions // Shannon Kennedy wrote this one after a masterclass with Jay Mason and James Barrera.
    4. A Beginner’s Guide to Playing “Outside” // A great guest post from Teen Jazz Artist Sean Winter.
    5. Learn Jazz Lingo and Slang // A list of words used both past and present in the music industry.
    6. College Audition Preparation for Saxophonists // A guest post from James Barrera.
    7. Guitarist Adam Fallen // We’re so thrilled to know that one of our artists made it into the top ten for the first time this year!
    8. How to Adjust the G# Spring Tension on a Saxophone // This is a great repair post from guest contributor Rheuben Allen.
    9. Interview with Mindi Abair // This is another post that almost always makes it into our annual top ten.
    10. Check Out: Jazz Lessons with Tim Price // A post about my music teacher and the importance of studying with a great instructor no matter your age.

    Thank you all for making 2015 such a great year! We look forward to the continued growth of our little community in 2016!

    December 30, 2015 • Music and Career Advice, Teen Jazz • Views: 2813

  • Groove LTD Releases Debut Album “First Class”

    Teen Jazz Host Shannon Kennedy and guitarist U-Nam are proud to announce the release of their debut album as Groove Ltd. The new project, “First Class” features guests including Myron, Maysa, Jonathan Fritzen, Paulhino da Costa, Michael White, and many more.

    The first day of its digital release saw the album attain a #1 place for Smooth Jazz and #6 for overall Jazz on Amazon.

    You can purchase the album here.

    September 14, 2015 • Reviews, Teen Jazz • Views: 2647

  • Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

    We introduced you to composer George Gershwin in an earlier post and now we would like to share some information on one of his most notable compositions – Rhapsody in Blue.

    The Composition

    In 1923, Paul Whiteman asked George Gershwin to write a jazz piece for his band but Gershwin did not take this request seriously until an article appeared in the New York Tribune on Jan 4, 1924, announcing that he was working on a “jazz concerto” to be premiered by the Whiteman Band at Aeolian Hall in New York.

    The Premier

    February 12, 1924, “Rhapsody in Blue” was premiered by Paul Whiteman and his Palais Royal Orchestra. Inspired by the rattle of the Boston train and James McNeill Whistler’s painting “Nocturne in Black and Gold,” “Rhapsody in Blue” earned him over $250,000 during the Great Depression.

    The performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” was the first that Gershwin would make as a concert pianist performing his own work. “Rhapsody in Blue” was composed in a week’s time. Its style is an assimilation of European and jazz styles with a slight blues appeal.

    The release of the piece had mixed reviews from serious music critics and the general public. “Serious music critics were often at a loss as to where to place Gershwin’s classical music in the standard repertoire. Some dismissed his work as banal and tiresome, but it always found favor with the general public.” (PBS, 1) Rhapsody, however, was the work that defined his career and elevated him to a level of greatness he had not before attained.

    Due to public popularity, the entire concert was repeated multiple times. Then, in a play, “The Vortex,” Rhapsody was introduced to England which soon demanded the piece.

    The Piece

    The piece is known for its opening glissando; the playing of a chromatic scale from the designated first note to the second note in the time allowed. During its premier, Ross Gorman played this on clarinet. The music is compared to high wire balancing with various city sounds. There is a variation of “Rhapsody in Blue” because some segments were too difficult and therefore omitted in its publication. The omitted portions were later discovered and reinserted by Alicia Zizzo, a pianist and composer. “Rhapsody in Blue” combined classical and jazz styles. It was originally written for piano, but was arranged for piano and jazz band later.

    After the composition of “Rhapsody in Blue,” other musicians began to take Gershwin more seriously as a musician and composer. The complexity and genius that went into the composition of the piece, especially when considering it was written in under a week, is incredible.

    August 10, 2015 • Teen Jazz • Views: 2037

  • We Want to Work With You + August Ad Space

    In case you missed it, here’s a video of one of our latest Teen Jazz Artists, Carlos Vargas. Find out how to apply to come an artist here. You may be featured in our next post!

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    Who advertises with us? Music companies (accessories, gear, instruments), artists promoting a new album or their artist website, music publishing companies, music stores and resellers, music promoters, concerts and other music events.

    Who reads Teen Jazz? Up and coming musicians from around the world ranging from their teens to adulthood. Our readers are musicians just starting out in the music industry and even those who are already established and are looking for more information on the music business.

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    August 3, 2015 • Resources, Teen Jazz • Views: 1705

  • Groove LTD Gearing Up for the Release of their First Album

    This post is a brief interruption from our regular programming because U-Nam and I have exciting news! We’re thrilled to announce that our latest collaboration, Groove LTD, is ready for it’s album debut!

    But we need your help!

    We are currently running a crowd funding campaign for the project through Indiegogo and by pre-ordering the album, or by purchasing any of the awesome incentives we have, you’ll help us cover the costs of mastering, manufacturing and marketing.

    We are really proud of this project and cannot wait to share it with you.

    There is just over a month left of the campaign and you can help us reach our goal!

    Learn more and watch the video here.

    The project features an awesome, “first class” group of special guests including Maysa, Jonathan Fritzen, Michael White, Andy Narell, Paulinho daCosta, Myron Davis, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith and many more.

    You can hear a few of the songs from the project in the background of our video on the Indiegogo page and you can also check out the music video from our first single “It’s Only Love.”

    Thank you so much in advance for all of your support.

    And whether or not you choose to contribute to our project, we’d really appreciate you sharing it with your friends, coworkers, family, everyone! Please help us get the word out.

    Thanks again!

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    July 1, 2015 • Teen Jazz • Views: 2015

  • The Development of the Saxophone

    A History of the Saxophone, its Performers, Styles and Pedagogy Prior to World War II

    Almost every musical style where the saxophone is heard today initially resisted and rejected inclusion of the saxophone because of its abrasive and “primitive” sound. As both its players and the instrument itself have been refined and players have improved, the distaste musical society once held for this instrument has significantly diminished. Over the last century, the saxophone has overcome its initial rejection to become one of the most popular instruments in Western music. More and more people have learned to play saxophone as its popularity has grown, with the instrument available to buy in music stores in Lincoln Nebraska, as well as all other good music stores. There is one particular genre of music that eventually accepted the saxophone as one of its predominant instruments and is, in fact, the style most frequently associated with the saxophone – jazz.

    The Origins of the Saxophone

    Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and instrument maker, was the inventor of the saxophone. Sax initially received music instruction from his father, Charles Sax, the Instrument Maker to the Court of the Netherlands. He later received formal training at the Brussels Conservatory where he studied voice and flute and later, clarinet.

    Adolphe Sax was acknowledged as a skilled instrument maker and was known to frequently experiment with currently produced designs. These experiments lead to the development of the valved brass saxhorn family, the vastly improved clarinet, and eventually, the saxophone.

    The saxophone was debuted at the Brussels Exhibition in 1841 where the instrument was “sent flying with a kick by an unknown person at a time when the inventor, Adolphe Sax, was away.” Shortly after, Sax was visited by Lieutenant General Comte de Rumigny, who encouraged Sax to move to Paris and aid the revitalizing of French military bands. Once arriving in France, he was highly praised in an article by Hector Berlioz in 1842, which included an early description of the saxophone.

    In France, Adolphe established the Adolphe Sax Musical Instrument Factory at No. 10 Rue St. Georges. His craft and growing business challenged existing instrument makers who were also attempting to design new instruments for the French military bands resulting in a series of threats, thefts, and legal battles that would continue throughout the rest of Sax’s life.

    On 22 April 1845, Sax competed against another instrument maker as part of the invitation to submit improved instruments for the French military’s use. The opposing band, directed by Michele Carafa performed on existing instruments, while Sax’s group directed by M. Fessy demonstrated Sax’s reforms including the saxhorn and the saxophone. Sax’s ensemble was declared the winner of the competition, instating a ‘near monopoly mandating the use of his instruments’ in military bands.

    The results of the competition outraged his competitors who responded through the establishment of L’Association Generale des Ouvriers en Instruments de Musique (The United Association of Instrument Makers) to “protect their rights” as instrument makers. However, evaluation of the acts of the organization reveals that it was merely a disguise for a combined effort to attack Sax and his inventions. One of its first moves as an organization was to challenge Sax’s patent of the saxophone claiming that it already existed in other forms, that it did not in fact, actually exist, and that if it did exist, it was not a musical invention. To support their side, several saxophones were purchased and the engraving removed and then re-engraved to indicate another manufacturer. These forgeries were not well executed and quickly proved false. In response to this lawsuit, Sax withdrew his patent and gave other manufacturers a year to create a rival instrument, but the plaintiffs were incapable of doing so. Sax was granted a patent on the saxophone family on 22 June 1846. Several similar lawsuits ensued, and in combination with an unfortunate incident with a loan from an anonymous benefactor, eventually lead to his bankruptcy and financial ruin.

    On 7 June 1857, Sax was asked to establish a saxophone class at the Paris Conservatoire and remained in that position until 1870. Interestingly, the position was not reinstated until 1942.

    There are various theories regarding the invention of the saxophone. Frederick Hemke alludes to an Argentine instrument made of a cow’s horn with a tip shaped similar to that of a single reed instrument. Another presumable ancestor of the saxophone is the alto fagotto invented by London’s George Wood in 1830. The instrument is similarly shaped to the bassoon, but performed with a single-reed.

    There are four different schools of thought regarding how Sax invented the saxophone. The first is that Sax was attempting to design a clarinet that played octaves rather than twelfths. The second is that he substituted the cup mouthpiece of an ophicleide with the single reed mouthpiece of the clarinet. The third theory is that he used the single reed mouthpiece on a bassoon, while the fourth is that the saxophone was invented through experimentation and was unintentional or “by accident.” Sax’s son, however, claims that his father’s work was intentional.

    The theory regarding improvements made to the ophicleide appear the most probable. The first saxophone was constructed of a metal body similar to that of the bass ophicleide with extended keywork and a modified bass clarinet mouthpiece. Sax, in fact, first described the instrument as a ‘new ophicleide’ or ‘ophicleide à bec’, and this particular bass saxophone was the one introduced at the Brussels Exposition in 1841. The term “saxophone” was first introduced by Berlioz in 1842 upon Sax’s arrival in Paris.

    The saxophone was originally conceived in two sets of keys, F and C for orchestral use and Eb and Bb for military band use. Both groups were invented simultaneously as a family of fourteen saxophones. The patent date for this “new system of wind instruments, called the saxophone”, as stated in Sax’s application, is 1846. The alto saxophone became a popular choice because its small size allowed for virtuosity. The saxophone was designed to play three octaves, however most musicians were not able to perform in the upper range. George Kastner, with the assistance of Sax, created the first saxophone method book. It is believed to contain the truest picture of how Sax conceived the saxophone, including the original three octave range use of the saxophone intended by Sax and its use as a melodic, solo instrument.

    The Beginnings of the Saxophones Use in Ensembles

    When Parisian musicians first heard the saxophone, they exclaimed its beauty, “You cannot imagine the beauty of sound and the quality of the notes”. The first performer on the saxophone was probably Adolphe Sax himself. He performed on the instrument in Brussels in 1841, Paris in 1842, and on various public occasions. In 1853, he also founded his own five-piece saxophone “brass band.”

    Outside of Adolphe Sax’s performances, saxophone was first used for teaching purposes at the Gymnase Musical Militaire in Paris from 1846 to 1848. In 1854, he reintroduced the instrument to French military bands and taught military bandsmen at the Paris Conservatoire from 1857 to 1870.

    Sax asked many European clarinetists to play his instrument, including Louis-Adolphe Mayeur and Henri Wuille, who performed on the instrument as soloists. Henri Wuille (1822-71) was one of the first soloists to perform on the saxophone in both England and the United States while Edouard Lefebre (1834-1911) was known as the most “outstanding” soloist in America from the 1870s to the 1890s with both the Patrick Gilmore Band and the John Philip Sousa Band.

    During the mid to late 1800s, the tradition of military and amateur wind bands was flourishing throughout Europe and North America. After the Civil War, brass bands captivated America, and every town boasted at least one. In Europe, the saxophone was employed in military bands from the time of their invention. This excluded Germany and Austria, which did not include saxophone until 1935. From 1845-8, French military bands had two saxophones, and then in 1854 the number rose to eight, and finally settled at four in 1894. By the 1890s, saxophone quartets had also become a staple in regimental bands in Europe.

    After hearing the French Garde Republicaine Band’s six-piece saxophone section at the International Peace Jubilee in Boston, P.S. Gilmore became the first to welcome the saxophone into his brass band. Among the saxophonists to join Gilmore’s band, was French saxophonist Eduoard A. Lefebre. Saxophonist Eduoard A. Lefebre was first featured as a soloist in Gilmore’s band on 18 November 1873 and was the leading member of its three-piece saxophone section by 1878. In 1892, Gilmore’s band had grown to include eight saxophones including soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and contrabass. The standard saxophone instrumentation in American military bands was only alto and baritone sax, and the inclusion of tenor, bass, or contrabass was rare until the early 1900s. After Gilmore’s death, Lefebre joined Sousa’s band.

    Saxophone Becomes a Popular Instrument

    There were several things going on in the early 1900s that led to the sudden popularity of the saxophone. In the United States, touring military, municipal, and circus bands and music hall performances, such as Vaudeville, led to the increasing exposure of the instrument to the American public. Until 1916, Lefebre’s solo playing was the only exposure to the solo and virtuosic qualities of the saxophone, but it never gained significant popularity. Around 1916, C-melody saxophone player Rudy Wiedoeft began recording and promoting the saxophone as a “high-class” instrument, changing the public’s perception of the saxophone. This began a saxophone craze in the 1920s that launched the saxophone into dance and jazz bands.

    Saxophone Becomes a Jazz Instrument

    After the turn of the century, brass bands were the main musical training for African American musicians. During the band era, some black bands differed from the white bands by their “syncopated” style known as ragtime. This style initially included very little improvising, but as it developed into jazz, improvising became a dominant part of the style. An important bandleader of this style was James Reece Europe. He directed the Dixieland Brass Band and was the first to incorporate saxophones into dance bands because he saw them as a more effective counterpart to brass. The addition of saxophones into his band was influenced by his performance with the French Garde Republicaine, while he was stationed in France during the First World War. However, this did not become a staple in groups until arrangers began to write for saxophone sections.

    Jazz developed out of the popular ragtime style. The definition of ragtime is rather vague because at the height of its popularity, ragtime was actually used to define any style of syncopated popular music. The style now known as New Orleans Jazz was originally known as New Orleans style ragtime. It featured the syncopated rhythms of ragtime, but featured a modified brass band as the instrumentation. These instruments included clarinet, cornet, trombone, tuba, and a drum line, which was assembled into a drum set. It was during this era, that the first well-known saxophonist emerged – Sidney Bechet.

    The switch from clarinet to saxophone, in the jazz dance orchestra, was a slow process. Although a few New Orleans Jazz players switched to saxophone, such as Sidney Bechet, saxophone did not truly become associated with jazz until the Kansas City Jazz era. By the 1920s, once jazz had moved out of New Orleans and into Chicago and other parts of the United States, bands began experimenting with saxophone in their ensembles. There is very little photographic evidence of the inclusion of saxophone in bands prior to 1915 and very few written sources suggesting its use until after World War I.

    Larger bands began to appear during the 1920s due to the availability of larger performance space for dancing. During this era, Eb, Bb, and C saxophones were included in the jazz and dance bands (C-melody saxophones lost popularity in the 1930s). Well-known jazz groups’ clarinetists began to double on the saxophone when greater volume or a sweeter sound was needed. Some of these groups included the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Fletcher Henderson, and even King Oliver who used a C-melody saxophonist.

    In the 1920s, saxophone was only beginning to root itself in the jazz idiom, and was still primarily a double for clarinet players. It is in the late 1920s and 1930s during the swing or big band era that the saxophone emerges as a solo and leading instrument in bands and true pioneers of the instrument appear.

    The dance bands were divided into three sections; reeds, brass, and the rhythm section. Most bands had a saxophone section including three or four saxophones, and the first full (modern) five saxophone section (two altos, two tenors, and one baritone) appeared in the Benny Carter band in 1933. By the 1940s, as the swing era evolved and big bands flourished, most bands hosted the full AATTB section. The 1950s and the advent of rock and roll and the electric guitar essentially signaled the end to the popularity of the dance bands and the saxophone.

    Exceptions to the saxophone’s decline in popularity during the rock era include “Honkers” Big Jay McNeely and Louis Jordan. These players implemented a “screeching and honking” style that was popular during the early rock period.

    Pioneers of the Saxophone

    There are many notable players that pioneered the use of the saxophone in the jazz genre. The first musician to become well known as a saxophonist was clarinetist, Sidney Bechet. Bechet first started at the age of six on the clarinet and soon became well known in New Orleans as the best clarinet player. By the age of 15, he was performing with Willie “Bunk” Johnson’s Eagle Brass Band. Bechet was first exposed to the saxophone while he was in Chicago, but did not began playing on the instrument until he purchased one while he was in London in the 1920s. He remained a saxophone player for the rest of his performing life, preferring it to clarinet because of its loud volume.

    Another notable player from the big band era is tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Hawkins began on C-melody saxophone and in 1921, switched to tenor saxophone. He claimed that his unique sound was because he tried to sound like he was trying to play C-melody saxophone on tenor saxophone. Coleman Hawkins is regarded as the first major jazz improvisor on the saxophone. He denied this and attributes improvisation to saxophonists Prince Robinson, Happy Caldwell, and Stump Evans. He is, however, most certainly the first to develop a style of playing unique to the saxophone. Prior to Coleman Hawkins, saxophone players adapted the clarinet style of playing to saxophone, but Hawkins created a sound distinctive to saxophone.

    Other important early saxophone performers include alto player Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Bud Freeman, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Carter. C-melody saxophonist Frank Trumbauer was an important pioneer on the instrument, and most alto and tenor saxophonists modeled their playing after him. Harry Carney, the baritone saxophonist in Duke Ellington’s band was also an important pioneer. He proved the baritone saxophone to be an important solo instrument.

    The Legacy of the Saxophone

    Since its creation, the saxophone has faced a great deal of rejection and hesitation. Despite its rocky beginnings, it has become one of the most frequently appearing instruments in a variety of genres and ensembles. It can be seen performing as a solo instrument in classical, jazz, and popular styles or in a section in wind ensembles, orchestras, marching bands, all styles of jazz, and as part of the so-called horn section in pop and rock. The saxophone’s current popularity is largely attributed to the jazz genre and its performers. During the swing era, as the saxophone rose in popularity and refined instruments and performers emerged, the saxophone became accepted as an expressive and dynamic instrument ensuring its place in music ensembles of all genres.



    June 29, 2015 • Teen Jazz • Views: 4257

  • What We’re Listening to This Month | Jun 2015

    It’s time for our listening list for the month of June! It has been a while since our last update – we shared a playlist back in February – so we’re definitely overdue!

    Every few months we try to feature a few songs or albums that we’re listening to here at Teen Jazz. We’ll showcase the playlists of our host, Shannon Kennedy, as well as a few of our Teen Jazz Artists, Contributors and Influences. We hope you enjoy getting an inside look, and even more importantly, we hope you discover some great music!


    Shannon Kennedy, Teen Jazz Host

    Joshua Redman Joshua Redman

    Lately I’ve really gotten back into Joshua Redman. I’ve been listening to his self-titled album, Joshua Redman, from 1993 on Warner Bros. It has a lot of really great tracks on it and I love his cover of the James Brown classic “I Got You.” It’s a favorite of mine, but his albums like Elastic are also at the top of my list.


    Dan Siegel Indigo

    I also enjoyed a cd we recently reviewed here on Teen Jazz, Dan Siegel’s “Indigo” and it’s been a part of my playlist for a few months now. Some really great original tunes are on this album and we definitely recommend it.

    Adrian Crutchfield Private Party

    Lastly I’d like to mention that I’ve been listening to a project by one of the artists who contributed to this post – Adrian Crutchfield. He’s got a great project out called “Private Party.” It’s a fun listen. Adrian is a talented, up and coming player. You can check out our interview with him here.


    Adam Fallen, Teen Jazz Artist

    Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of Chris Dave Drum Hedz. I love how experimental that group is and they all listen to each other so well. The groove they keep while entering different songs and metric modulations is incredible. Especially a big fan of Chris Dave and Isaiah Sharkey. The mix and sound that Isaiah has going on is so unique and new yet classic and shares similar sounds to George Benson and Joe Pass but with a funky gospel twist.

    I am also listening a lot to Kendrick Lamar’s newest album, To Pimp A Butterfly [Clean], which I’m obsessed with. I’m already a huge hip hop fan and the album is reminiscent of classic funk and jazz sounds interwoven throughout the highly creative hip hop grooves. The album is so thematic and conceptual which I really want to do with my upcoming EP to be released. The level of musicianship, production, composing, and song writing on the record is insane and I love that they took time to make the record and didn’t rush through it.

    I am listening to the album “Livin’ the Luxury Brown” by Mint Condition. I was brought to it after finding out it was a record with Chris Dave on it that I hadn’t heard. I really dig this record because it’s a classic 90’s r&b soul vibe and sound but the groove and pocket is so thick on the album and it’s just feel good dance music with great musicians.

    Check out Adam’s profile on Teen Jazz.


    Adrian Crutchfield, Teen Jazz Artist

    Well, I don’t really stay up to date on music. I just play what I like, no matter how old or new it may be. My playlists usually consist of a variety of stuff… from Esperanza Spalding, Anthony Hamilton, Mos Def, some Usher – (the entire 8701 album and some of Confessions;) and Biggie and Pac…. to silly stuff like the soundtrack to A Goofy Movie (Tevin Campbell’s Stand Out, and Eye to Eye). Sometimes my playlist might be Tower of Power, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, or a group called Emogen Heap. I guess I’m eclectic?

    Read Adrian’s Interview on Teen Jazz.

    June 10, 2015 • Reviews, Teen Jazz • Views: 1847

  • Do You Have an Album Out?

    Today I thought I’d do something a little different and open Teen Jazz up to you.

    Do you have an album out?

    If not, what about a single or an EP?

    So if you have an album or project out, feel free to tell us about it in the comments and share a link to where we can listen or purchase your music! You can share a link to your website, Youtube, Soundcloud, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.

    I look forward to hearing your music! Who knows, it may end up in our What We’re Listening to spotlight!

    June 3, 2015 • Teen Jazz • Views: 1885

  • Perfecting Sound Forever by Greg Milner Review

    Title: Perfecting Sound Forever
    Author: Greg Milner
    Genre: Music History
    Page Count: 416 Pages


    If I’m honest, Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music is not a book that I bought for myself. It was one that I discovered on U-Nam’s shelf – his interests in recording and sound are far greater than my own – but once I picked it up, I read it from cover to cover.

    The book is very academic in style, so it gave me the perfect opportunity to experience feelings of nostalgia, reflecting on my time spent at university studying musicology. That said, it’s not a quick read. Milner’s book is certainly something that takes time to digest and has quite a few things to reflect on as a reader. Personally, I see that as a positive asset, but if you’re looking for something light and easy to get through, this book might not be for you.

    Perfecting Sound Forever is a history of recorded music. It covers the invention of the phonograph by Thomas Edison all the way up to the popularization of digital samplers and recording tools such as ProTools. The book takes us around the world, from German radio transmissions during the war to the invention of the compact disc in Japan, detailing how these innovations have changed recorded music.


    His theories on the techniques that have resulted in contemporary recorded musics are interesting and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning the history of recorded music.

    A small disclaimer: There are purportedly mistakes regarding recording techniques in the book (according to reviews found on Amazon). I, myself, did not notice, but I do not have enough experience with different recording techniques to have recognized them. My experience in the studio has primarily been in front of a microphone and not behind the console.

    Get Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music on Amazon.

    May 18, 2015 • Reviews, Teen Jazz • Views: 1924

  • An Incredible Music Performance + May Ad Space

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    April 29, 2015 • Teen Jazz • Views: 1876