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The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Blues

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The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to the Blues
David Evans
Perigee Books
2005

In his introduction to David Evans' recently published book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to the Blues, Taj Mahal says just listen to “any rock group of the last fifty years -- including The Beatles ...

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The Lost Wave

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The Lost Wave
by Charles Underhill
Broma Books

Many jazz listeners cite Miles Davis albums such as Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson as the true origin of jazz-rock fusion. Others, such as critic Alyn Shipton, contend that fusion actually started in England a few years before these records came out. In the ...

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Girls Don't Like Real Jazz: A Jazz Patriot Speaks Out

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Walter Kolosky
Girls Don't Like Real Jazz: A Jazz Patriot Speaks Out
Abstract Logix Books
Hardcover, 186 pages
ISBN: 0-9761016-0-2
2004

Thirty years ago, Frank Zappa commented that “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny." Today, no one seems very interested in the ...

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Jazzwomen: Conversations With Twenty-One Musicians

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Jazzwomen: Conversations With Twenty-One Musicians
Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse
Indiana University Press
2004

Women have been active in jazz since its earliest days, but men have been remained the dominant figures throughout its history. While some performers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald managed to achieve ...

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Sonny Rollins: The Cutting Edge

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Sonny Rollins, The Cutting Edge
by Richard Palmer
Continuum Books

Besides being one of the most influential tenor saxophone players in jazz history, Sonny Rollins also happens to be one of its most enigmatic figures as well. Given his introspective nature and penchant for withdrawal, Rollins easily comes across as ...

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Carmen McRae, Miss Jazz

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Carmen McRae, Miss Jazz
Leslie Gourse
Billboard Books
ISBN: 0879306289

In recent years, we have stretched the meaning of the word diva. In the past, it brought to mind a female vocalist like Maria Callas; nowadays it encompasses much more. There are literary divas, culinary divas, you name it. While ...

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Rollin' and Tumblin'

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Rollin' and Tumblin'
Jas Obrecht
Miller Freeman Books
ISBN: 0879306130

There are always revolutions in the music world—periods where the sound makes a dramatic departure from the status quo. Western Swing, Rock and Roll, and Jazz-Rock Fusion are all examples of changes that helped broaden musical horizons. Another important development ...

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You Can't Steal a Gift: Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and Nat

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You Can't Steal a Gift
Gene Lees
Yale University Press
ISBN: 1584300256

When Gene Lees left Canada in 1955 to come to the United States, he had no idea what was awaiting him. Within a few years after his arrival, he landed the prestigious position of editor for ...

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Fats Waller The Cheerful Little Earful

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Fats Waller...
Alyn Shipton
Continuum Books
ISBN 0826457967

The jazz world has its share of legendary figures, and Thomas “Fats” Waller ranks as one of the most memorable. His enormous talent and humor are only paralleled by his infamous hedonistic lifestyle. Obviously, Waller often approached life like an ...

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Cookin': Hard Bop and Soul Jazz

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Cookin'...
Kenny Mathieson
Canongate Books
ISBN 1841952397

Music, much like language, never stays in one place too long; it continuously changes and develops. When bebop came onto the jazz scene, for example, it didn’t take long for this evolutionary process to begin. One of bebop’s most exciting offshoots came about ...