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John Coltrane: Blue World

Read "Blue World" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Discovering old and forgotten audio tapes of a jazz icon like John Coltrane is always exciting, but their posthumous release can have mixed motives. Taking advantage of the musician's name to make money is less salutary than, say, providing more great music for the public or providing opportunities for enthusiasts and scholars to fill in gaps ...

Article: Book Review

Ben Ratliff: Come si ascolta il jazz

Read "Ben Ratliff: Come si ascolta il jazz" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Come si ascolta il Jazz Conversazioni con Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis e altri di Ben Ratliff Minimum Fax Il titolo del libro è impegnativo nel promettere mari (forme) e monti (linguaggio del jazz), ma di fatto non mantiene le promesse iniziali. Si procede infatti per parabole ascendenti e ...


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The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music

Read "The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music" reviewed by Tom Greenland

The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music Ben Ratliff Hardcover; 256 pages ISBN: 0805081461 Times Books 2008 Jazz critic Ben Ratliff's new book, following closely on the heels of his well-received expose of the sound and influence of saxophonist John Coltrane, is a compilation of annotated interviews ...


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The New York Times Essential Library--Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings

Read "The New York Times Essential Library--Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings" reviewed by Colin Fleming

Jazz, like several twentieth century art forms, has for decades seemed to gain acceptance as a scholarly concern in part because of a number of renowned writers and critics heralding something that was once, remarkably, regarded as vulgar, base entertainment for the base masses, and now deemed America's indigenous artistic progeny. As with James Agee and ...


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