Welcome to the 8th instalment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book is The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire by Ted Gioia
Usually I read a book from cover to cover before posting about it in this column, however if you follow me on instagram then you know that I only received this book last week. However, I was so excited about it that I couldn’t wait to share.
I first heard about The Jazz Standards in the Fred Hersch interview I posted about last week. Basically, the book is a reference guide to more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. Each entry is roughly a page and a half in length and contains information about the composer and lyricist, where it first originated (whether on film, broadway, a jazz original, etc), who most notably recorded it, and some interesting stories relating to the song or composer. Each entry also contains a “recommended versions” list which is order by year.
This is a resource that I will treasure always and return to often.
That’s it for Book Love // 08. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. You can also check out the last post in the series, Singers & The Song.