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Product Details

  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Radhio.org (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989488004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989488006
  • ASIN: 0615582222
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nevertheless, this is a great book.
Anthony C. Alexander
Great way to learn about the world of jazz - whether you have a rich and deep background on the topic, or are just curious to expand your horizons.
leslie Laud
All of these artists bring such vital and unique music to the world.
Tim ORTLIEB

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Stubblefield on September 14, 2013
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For the last few years, I have been studying Jazz improvisation with some fine teachers and musicians, and have been dismayed at how little that is written about jazz captures the way working musicians actually think about their craft. Happily, Ms. Philip has filled this gap with a fascinating collection of in-depth interviews with some of the best jazz musicians around.

Jazz is very much a living, oral tradition. Although nothing can replace the experience of studying first-hand with a master musician, Ms. Philip's wonderful book comes closer to capturing this experience than anything I have read. A trained anthropologist and ethnographer with a driving curiosity and deeply perceptive mind, Ms. Philip brings a deep love and appreciation of the music to her conversations with contemporary masters including Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Maria Schneider, Chris Potter, and Billy Hart. The result is a unique document that looks beyond musical fashions to reveal the timeless, human passion and discipline at the heart of creativity.

Rakhika Philip's book is essential reading for anyone who loves music (especially Jazz), or who simply wants to understand the highest levels of the creative process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim ORTLIEB on August 30, 2013
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What an amazing book! I'm so impressed with Radhika's ability to have these intimate discussions with these incredible artists. All of these artists bring such vital and unique music to the world. There is a thread that runs throughout all of these artists. They have humility, drive, and an almost selfless commitment to their craft. So refreshing in our day and age to celebrate and explore artists that are taking the long and high road of development. Perhaps what I love the most about the book is that I'm discovering new music with every chapter. What a world! Billy Hart's conversation was very touching and humble. Brian Blade was absolutely inspiring, Steve Coleman is one of the most fascinating characters you will ever discover too! Every chapter has taught me something about my own musical development.

For anyone who has read books like "Free Play" or "Effortless Mastery"...you will gobble this book up. Required reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Hole on August 28, 2013
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Whether a lover of jazz or not, Radhika Philip takes us on a tour of the motivation behind the leading contemporary figures in the genre. From the introduction which evokes the New York music scene with exquisite precision to the subsequent interviews; the author brings alive a creative process that is often mysterious and bewildering to those of us who are mere observers. As both a lover of music and a business consultant I found so many interviews informative and relevant in describing the essence of creativity and innovation. "Being Here" is now on my list of `must reads' for my C-Suite clients as well as being an essential text for lovers of jazz everywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2013
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This is a great insight into the thought process of many of today's better known jazzers. Presented lovingly and in a very considered manner. Thanks Radhika!
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This book gives you an inside glimpse into the creative process from the New York Jazz scene. The Musicians are true to their craft and you get a feel for how they approach creativity. Nicely done!
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By R. Alley on December 29, 2013
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Fantastic! Well written. Great, insightful questions. Thorough. Intriguing. Beautiful answers. A broad range of interviewees. Current artists. Highly recommend this book!
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