The Jazz Odyssey


This history of jazz, from its origins to the present, recounts the main trends which have marked over a century of Afro-American music. Each movement is placed in its historical context and a biography is provided for each important artist. Noël Balen, a former editor of Jazz Hot Magazine, has also supervised the French edition of Das gross Jazzbuch by Joachim Ernst Berendt.


"A minor miracle due without doubt to the inexhaustible passion Balen brings to the history of this music, from Gospel to the recent flirt between jazz and rap." Le Nouvel Observateur