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Riff: The Shake Keane Story

Read "Riff: The Shake Keane Story" reviewed by John Stevenson

Riff: The Shake Keane Story Philip Nanton 157 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1999776893 Papillote Press 2021 Except for occasional flare-ups of its La Soufriere volcano, the hilly eastern Caribbean island of St Vincent tends to keep a low profile among the least developed but politically stable nation states of the region. Philip Nanton's pioneering biography, Riff: The Shake Keane Story, chronicles the outstanding but turbulent life of a man whose unique creativity ...

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Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels

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Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels Terry Gans 256 pages ISBN: # ISBN-13 : 978-1912733392 Red Planet Books 2020 Terry Gans' Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels is an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's Infidels (Columbia, 1983) album, the title of the book taken from the original name for the album. The author covers the gestation of the record all the way from the Nobel ...

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Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker Cisco Bradley 384 Pages ISBN: # 978147801014 Duke University Press 2021 Who is William Parker? He is a jazz bassist, yes. But he is also a band leader, composer, writer & poet, community organizer, peace activist, and cultural anthropologist. Cisco Bradley endeavors to pull the diverse parts of the artist's life together in this first ever biography of Parker. It is a monumental task, ...

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This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz

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This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz Peter Jones 263 Pages ISBN: 978 1 78179 874 4 Equinox Publishing 2020 Few are the jazz singers accorded the fanfare usually reserved for the music's great instrumentalists. Jon Hendricks was one, taking scat and vocalese to unprecedented heights. As author Peter Jones recounts--in what is the first biography of Hendricks--the singer's life was the stuff of movies. Born in poverty in ...

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The Sound I Saw

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This article was co-written with Joshua Bleeker. The Sound I Saw Roy DeCarava 208 pages ISBN: # 13: 978-1644230107 David Zwirner Books 2019 When two or more art forms combine, they may serve and harmonize and support each other or they may clash. The sound I saw combines felicitously three art forms: jazz, photography, and poetry. It is a large (10.25 x 1.2 x 13.25 ...

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John Densmore: The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (And Other Artists)

Read "John Densmore: The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (And Other Artists)" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists) John Densmore 240 pages ISBN: #978-0306846236 Hachette Books2020 John Densmore's third book, The Seekers, carries the unusual distinction of featuring a blurb on its back cover that actually speaks accurately to the contents inside. John Doe, co-founder of seminal punk band X, likens The Doors drummer's style of composition to his work at the kit. And it's true because, unlike the relatively consistent, to-the-point ...

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Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California

Read "Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California David Chisholm: writing drawing and lettering; Peter Markowski: colors 144 Pages ISBN: 978-1940878386 (13) Z2 Comics 2020 History remembers (and misremembers) the greats of human achievement. They are celebrated, critiqued, deemed over-rated, deemed under-rated, interpreted, and reinterpreted through myriad forms of expression, such as books, articles, films, poems, and plays. Charlie Parker (aka Bird), the alto saxophonist and composer, is one such great as a pioneer ...


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