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Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times

Read "Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times Debbie Burke 463 PGWA ISBN: #9781079108323 Self Published 2019 Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times represents a kind of broad, sprawling, inconclusive entry into various aspects of the present state of jazz. While we're accustomed to weighing perspectives on the history of America's original art form by all manner of scholars and scribes, for a number of reasons a comprehensive view of the present day is ...

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Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues

Read "Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues David Dann 776 Pages ISBN: #978-1477318775 University of Texas Press 2019 Through a combination of journalistic objectivity, scholarly attention to detail and the passion of a fan, author David Dann accomplishes exactly what he professes to achieve in his 'Prologue' to Guitar King. That is, his publication will ..."contribute to that worthy eventuality..." [whereby]..."[Michael Bloomfield will] assume his rightful place among those guitar players whose ...

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The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional

Read "The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional Peter Erskine & Dave Black 191 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-4706-4247-1 (13) Alfred Music 2019 Peter Erskine and Dave Black are both drummers: their previous collaboration was The Drummer's Lifeline: Quick Fixes, Hacks, and Tips of the Trade (Alfred Music, 2017). For this book they wanted to build on that success, but since it is intended for all musicians, they worked to bring other, ...

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The Rebel Café: Sex, Race and Politics in Cold War America's Nightclub Underground

Read "The Rebel Café: Sex, Race and  Politics in Cold  War  America's Nightclub Underground" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The Rebel Café: Sex, Race and Politics in Cold War America's Nightclub Underground Stephen R. Duncan 336 Pages ISBN: # 1421426331 John Hopkins University Press 2018 Stephen R. Duncan's The Rebel Café is both a voyage of rediscovery and a forensic re-examination of an important period in American cultural history. In this masterly retelling, an alt-left account of the U.S.A. in the 1950s and early 1960s emerges that calls into question mainstream views ...

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Word Against the Machine

Read "Word Against the Machine" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Word Against the Machine Jane Grenier 80 Pages ISBN: # 9781513651996 Self Published 2019 It can be very rewarding to read the work of an author who's clearly passionate about their subject matter. That's obviously the case with this multi-media project by Jane “Spoken Word" Grenier. Considering the vital state of current global events, more of this type artistic statement should to be added to the cultural conversation. Grenier tackles a ...

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Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story by Billy Vera

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Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story Billy Vera RPM Series 177 Pages ISBN: # 978-1947026360 BMG Books 2019 The best music writing makes the reader go listen to music. It is just that simple. Volume 4 of BMG's RPM Series: Rip It Up—The Specialty Records Story is just such music writing. It made this reader search music from two fronts. First, the edition is authored by Billy Vera, who with The ...

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Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Read "Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges" reviewed by Steve Provizer

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges Con Chapman 240Pages ISBN: #9780190055288 Oxford University Press 2019 Alto and soprano saxophonist Johnny Hodges was one of the most singular voices in jazz. He didn't play the horn as much as sing through it. Hodges made a large, long-term contribution to the music, both as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and on his own. He was also a somewhat inscrutable, ...


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