Listen to the Rhythm Changes Playlists!
Although the primary focus of the book is on the various discourses that have served to frame aspects of the development and practice of jazz, it is something of an axiomatic truism to observe that the music came first. Reading the book without listening to the wide range of musical examples referenced in the text would therefore be a rather partial undertaking. With that in mind, and with the aim of making the listening experience as simple and pleasurable as possible, extensive online Playlists are available for each chapter.
Based on the streaming service Spotify, the Playlists contain the vast majority of the music mentioned in the book, listed in the order it appears in the text – over 550 tracks. You can access the Playlists in two ways: by clicking on the individual chapter links below, which will take you to the Spotify site, with greater functionality as well as album information and cover art; or by scrolling down to the embedded Playlists, which offer a more minimalist format but make all the tracks available on this page. Spotify membership is required, although a free membership is available by signing up with an email address or via Facebook or Google. Click on any of the album cover images on this page to see them in their full 500-pixel glory.
In addition to these links, the Rhythm Changes Playlists 2 page includes links for over 100 musical examples not available on Spotify, plus access to clips from a number of movies that are cited in the book.
Introduction and Chapter 1 - The Challenge of the Past
A further selection of album covers from the Rhythm Changes Playlists
Embedded Rhythm Changes Playlists
You will need to be logged in to Spotify, whether on the app or web player (or both), in order to play full-length tracks in the embedded playlists format. Note that this format is not supported on some browsers and mobile devices – if you can only play 30-second samples, go directly to Spotify (do not pass Go, do not collect $200) in order to access the full playlists.
It seems that the embedded playlist format has a maximum of 100 tracks. Spotify has some strange rules. To hear the remaining 15 tracks in this Playlist (including splendid versions of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ by Ran Blake and Johnny Cash!), access the list on Spotify.