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The Freedom Principle: Jazz after 1958

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by John Litweiler Da Capo Press (New York, 1990) Despite an original publication date of almost 15 years ago, Litweiler's exposition of the history, methods, intentions, and personalities associated with free jazz from its inception remains a useful introduction to this music. Free jazz remains anathema to many musicians and listeners, and is rarely ...

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Dance of the Infidels: A Portrait of Bud Powell

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Dance of the Infidels: A Portrait of Bud Powell Francis Paudras 355 Pages ISBN: # 0-306-80816-1 Da Capo Press 1998 We should all have a friend like Francis Paudras, who nursed the great pianist Bud Powell back to health after rescuing him from an abusive caretaker. This story, ...

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Too Marvelous For Words

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by James Lester Oxford University Press (New York, 1994)" Too Marvelous For Words: The Life and Genius of Art Tatum" by James Lester; published by Oxford University Press (New York, 1994). The man behind those extraordinary pianistic flourishes was a somewhat shadowy figure, but James Lester has brought him into the light with a ...

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MONK

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by Laurent de Wilde Marlowe & Company (New York, 1997) This is a biography with the flavor of a novel. Lacking any of the scholarly apparatus customary in a historical work -- no index, footnotes, bibliography, discography, or acknowledgments -- it nevertheless imposes a knowing and occasionally stylish sensibility on its treatment of the ...

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Notes And Tones: Musician To Musician Interviews

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by Art Taylor Da Capo Press (1993) This slightly expanded edition of Taylor's 1982 publication of these striking interviews with jazz musicians known to both millions or only to their colleagues and fans, provides unusual insight into the techniques, attitudes, preoccupations and personal histories of some extraordinary personalities. Taylor, a percussionist held in the ...

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Dexter Gordon: A Musical Biography

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by Stan Britt Da Capo Press (New York, 1989) Although there's plenty of fascinating material in this show-biz biography of the great master of bebop tenor saxophone, it's so permeated with gush and hyperbole that it requires some tolerance to sift through it for Gordon's story. The details are there, though, from his upbringing ...

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The Face of Black Music

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by Valerie Wilmer Da Capo Press (New York, 1976) Wilmer is both a photographer and a journalist, the author of a sympathetic study of free jazz, “As Serious As Your Life." In “The Face of Black Music" the emphasis is less on jazz than on the range of African-American musics from the blues and ...

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Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings

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Peter Pettinger Yale University Press New Haven 1998 This is an exhaustive trawl through the work of Bill Evans, with characterizations of virtually every recorded track, whether created for posterity or bootlegged from a concert or broadcast. Evans’ work schedule gets a similar treatment, although the author implies that there are quite ...

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Jazz Style in Kansas City

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Jazz Style in Kansas City Ross Russell Da Capo Press 1997 As Russell describes it, the Kansas City jazz scene was founded on the combination of isolation from the jazz mainstream in Chicago and New York, and a vital night life that was depression-proof and unaffected by Prohibition, protected by ...

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Music: Black, White & Blue

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Music: Black, White & Blue by Ortiz Walton William Morrow, 1972 Music: Black, White & Blue is both a musicological and sociological treatment of African-American music. Walton, himself a musician, begins with the African roots of both the musical practices and social uses of jazz: a participatory music with “the cries, falsettos, ...


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