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Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions By Famed Recording Engineer Max Bolleman

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Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions Max Bolleman 256 Pages ISBN: #978-90-820456-1-1 (Self-Published) 2018 When it comes to recorded jazz, most diehard fans have definitive tastes in how they want their music to sound and be reproduced at home and on the go. It is not unusual to find zealots outlining the relative merits of recording engineers such as Rudy Van Gelder or Roy DuNann. Of more recent vintage, astute listeners will ...

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Singer’s Survival Guide to Touring by Elisabeth Lohninger

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Singer's Survival Guide to Touring Elisabeth Lohninger 172 pages ISBN: # 978-1793950161 Lofish Music 2019 Singer/composer/arranger/bandleader/teacher Elisabeth Lohninger adds published author to her credentials with Singer's Survival Guide to Touring, a primer on how not to lose one's mind (and health) as a touring musician. To be completely fair and transparent, Lohninger has been a published author since 2013 when she released a series of short stories, A Walk in the Park (Lofish ...

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Ziga Koritnik: Cloud Arrangers

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Cloud Arrangers Ziga Koritnik 376 Pages ISBN: 978-961-288-626-4 Drustvo Pega 2019 Most of the music we experience today is heard removed from the presence of the performers. That is the result of the invention of the phonograph and every other invention to date following in its footsteps. The invention of this apparatus has had the same effect as the printing press had on literature i.e., it allowed numerous people who otherwise wouldn't have ...

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Ricochet: David Bowie 1983

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Ricochet: David Bowie 1983 Denis O'Regan 328 pages ISBN: 9781846149726 Particular Books 2018 1983 was a great year for David Bowie. In the previous two years he bowed out of music for a spell in order to act, debuting on Broadway as The Elephant Man and on television in Bertolt Brecht's play Baal. This move culminated in 1983, when he landed leading roles in two movies. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, directed ...

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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story by Randy Fox

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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story Randy Fox 170 Pages ISBN: # 9781947026223 BMG 2018 As almost a vital act of nature, three books that would make a tidy trilogy in any musical world, were recently released independently. These are: Blues From The Bayou: The Rhythms Of Baton Rouge (Pelican Publishing Press, 2018), Martin HawkinsSlim Harpo: Blues King Bee Of Baton Rouge (LSU Press, 2016), and the present Shake Your Hips: The ...

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Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues

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Lady Sings The Blues Billie Holiday/William Dufty 180 Pages ISBN: 978-0-241-35129-1 Penguin Modern Classics 2018 For many, Billie Holiday was the greatest of all the jazz singers, while her emotive delivery and tragic persona seemed to embody the early jazz life in all its boho chic and with all its dark undertones. Six decades after her death from alcohol-related illness at the age of forty four, Holiday remains a hugely admired and somewhat ...

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Tracy Fessenden: Religion Around Billie Holiday

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Religion Around Billie Holiday Tracy Fessenden 280 pages ISBN: #9780271080956 Cambridge University Press 2018 This is one of the most unusual books about a jazz figure that I've encountered in a long time. The premise, as spelled out in this interview with author Fessenden, is fascinating. She is the Steve and Margaret Forster Professor and interim Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Her previous ...

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Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff

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Sonny Rollins--Meditating on a Riff Hugh Wyatt 304 Pages ISBN: #978-0-9981219-2-5 Kamama Books 2018 Author Hugh Wyatt doesn't hide his friendship with Sonny Rollins-Rollins is his daughter's godfather-he has written a spiritual biography of saxophone great Sonny Rollins which is perilously close to hagiography. He says in the intro that he doesn't want to avoid the dark incidents in Sonny's life and he doesn't. However, whether describing Rollins' involvement in heroin, his ...

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Dexter Gordon: Portrait of a Sophisticated Giant

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon Maxine Gordon 261 Pages ISBN: #9780520280649 University of California Press 2018 Maxine Gordon was the last of Dexter Gordon's several wives and she has written a biography of Gordon, a task with which he charged her before he died in 1990. The saxophonist had actually done some writing on an autobiography before he died and Maxine Gordon was able to use this material in ...

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The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience in Context

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The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience In Context Various authors/Edited by Francesco Martinelli 741 Pages ISBN: 13 978 1 78179 446 3 Equinox Publishing 2018 It's taken some time, about a century in fact, but finally, thanks chiefly to editor and jazz historian Francesco Martinelli of Siena Jazz, the first comprehensive, pan-European history of jazz sees the light of day. And what stories they are too -complex, colorful ...

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Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob

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Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob Mary Lee Kortes 160 Pages ISBN: #978-1947026179 BMG Books 2018 Considering the subject of Mary Lee Kortes' Dreaming of Dylan, it may sound implausible to suggest the cover reminds of nothing so much as books of Shel Silverstein such as The Giving Tree (Harper & Row, 1964). But that implicit connection, intentional or not, is wholly appropriate: all three writers invoke the whimsical side of their ...

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Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty

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Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty Jon Scott 190 Pages ISBN: #978-0692091197 Chickasaw Buddy Publishing, INC. 2018 Tom Petty And Me has a most interesting premise, its effect heightened when considering the late musician's tumultuous history with his record label(s). In My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with..., a company promo man, Jon Scott, recounts his collaboration(s) with and on behalf of an artist he came to deeply ...