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The Universe and John Coltrane: The Physics of Cosmic Vibrations

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The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe Stephon Alexander 272 Pages ISBN: # 13: 978-0465093571; # 10: 0465093574 Basic Books 2016 On the face of it, the premise that jazz and physics are related disciplines seems strange and remote. Because of its spontaneous nature, rhythmic pulse, and emphasis on emotion, jazz is a personal, subjective artistic means of expression which is accessible to ...

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Good Morning Blues

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Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie as told to Albert Murray William James Basie 399 Pages ISBN: 978-1-5179-0143-1 University of Minnesota Press 2016 (1985) In May 1959 Count Basie and his Orchestra played a “Breakfast Dance and Barbecue," like back in Kansas City, hosted by Roulette Records, for whom Basie had recently started to record. Lord, what a band: Thad Jones, Joe Newman,, Snooky Young and Wendell Culley on trumpet; ...

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Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More

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Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More Glenn Berger 4569 (Kindle) Pages ISBN: # 9781943156108 e: Schaffner Press 2016 “Never Say No to a Rock Star" is Glen Berger's lively account of his experiences participating in the production of some of the most successful recordings in recent popular music. A fascinating fly-on-the-studio-wall depiction, it covers his apprenticeship under hit-maker Phil Ramone at A+R ...

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Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival

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Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival Emma Webster, George McKay 136 Pages University Of East Anglia 2017 There was a time when London had more jazz festivals than you could shake a stick at. Most, however, have disappeared, leaving the London Jazz Festival, founded in 1993, as the flagship. Twenty five years is not old in jazz festival terms--the wonderful trad jazz festival that is the Australian ...

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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums Will Friedwald 432 pages ISBN: 0307379078 Pantheon 2017 The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums is unique and Will Friedwald, who has extensive knowledge of and affection for singers and songs, has mined an area all his own. Sure, there are books about singers--jazz and pop--and reviews of their albums. Many of them are excellent, but I know of none that select 57 “great" albums and ...

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Listening For The Secret: The Grateful Dead And The Politics Of Improvisation

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Listening For The Secret: The Grateful Dead And The Politics Of Improvisation Ulf Olsson 184 Pages ISBN: 978-0520286641 University of California Press 2017 The Grateful Dead, possibly the most heavily documented band ever, was under one form of microscope or another from its inception in Palo Alto, California in 1965. Music critics, academics, the FBI, all have attempted to understand the cultural phenomenon that was The Grateful Dead--and in doing so it seems, ...

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All That's Jazz

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All That's Jazz Sammy Stein 198 Pages ISBN: 13: 978-0-9557670-9-8 Tomahawk Press 2017 Sammy Stein is a brave woman. Take that title--not just a riff on “All That Jazz" to cover a personal memoir of time spent in the jazz trenches but ALL that IS jazz. This is a book that in the author's words attempts to ..."share this wonderful music with as many as possible, to allow people to understand that jazz ...

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Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

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The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine Joe Hagan 560 Pages ISBN: # 1101874376 Knopf 2017 If Jann Wenner, the subject of Sticky Fingers, wasn't such a devoted fan of the Rolling Stones (after whom he at least partially named the magazine he founded), Joe Hagan might've equally aptly titled his biography of the man after Kris Kristofferson's song “The Pilgrim," two lines of which appear to capture the ...

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Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend

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Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend Mark Miller 279 pages ISBN: 978-1-77302-559-9 Tellwell Talent 2017 The ultimate impact of a man's life is not always synonymous with the things he leaves behind. Such is the tacit premise of Mark Miller's exceptional biography of Canadian jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Claude Ranger. Shortly before disappearing without a trace in November of 2000, Ranger burned all of his compositions, none of which had been published. ...