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Frank Alkyer is the publisher of DownBeat magazine. He is also the publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines. Ed Enright is the editor of DownBeat magazine.
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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 75th edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423463846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423463849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Large format,soft cover,with the articles/interviews arranged in chronological order,starting in the 1930's through the 2000's. The soft cover is substantial and would hold up to some wear. There is no index,so the 350 or so pages of interviews/overviews is pretty much true. This is another fine collection of interviews/articles published in conjunction with DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE,the "bible" of jazz. The focus is on jazz artists in the DOWNBEAT Hall of Fame. Frank Alkyer-publisher,and Ed Enright-editor of DOWNBEAT have chosen wisely for this 75th anniversary publication. While some long-time readers of the magazine,or jazz listeners may quibble over the omission of a favorite artist/artists,the many featured musicians in this book give a fine overview of both jazz from it's (arguable beginning),and as a history of DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE.

Following the publication,in conjunction with DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE,of the fine "The Miles Davis Reader",a number of years ago,this collection takes in most of the greatest names in jazz,past and present. While many more musicians could have been included,the artists here form a solid foundation of jazz. From jazz's beginnings,featured artists such as W.C.
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Absolutely brilliant book. Soft bound. 310 glossy, shiny pages and photos. As big as any magazine: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Sports Illustrated. Small font. Not divided into "chapters", but divided into decades from 1930 to present day. This is more of a reference book, source material. The "interviews" aren't really Q&A, some of it are like newspaper reports, articles, personal journals from the artist's themselves, historical background. From a few short paragraphs, a few columns to several pages in length. My one and only criticism is there isn't a volume Two or Three!
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A really nice book; Some great photo's of some of my favorites, and there are very interesting interviews; one gets a better idea of how some of the greats, thought/think. This book is certainly worth the money, and I highly recommend it. I just wish I could have gotten this book in hard cover, but then the price might have been out of my reach?
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As a former regular reader of Downbeat, it was great to dig back into some of the best jazz interviews ever written. I have tried to ration the number of interviews that I read at one sitting, but find it quite difficult to do as the writing is so fantastic and really looks at the personalities of the interviewees, rather than just their playing traits. Nat Hentoff should get a Pulitizer Prize for his outstanding work for Downbeat over the years. I have several individuals who may receive this book from me for Christmas. However, I do not plan on letting my copy wander very far from my eager eyes.
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GREAT TO HEAR FROM THE REAL PERSON ON THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT jAZZ. great!!! i USE THIS WHEN LEARNING ABOUT jAZZ SONGS .
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A truly must-have addition to the Jazz library. Even if you have never set eyes on "Downbeat" magazine, this compilation of interviews will make you take notice for what they are, a verbal history of Jazz in America. The photography is also stunning, and complements the prose beautifully.
One of the best Jazz items I have ever purchased besides the music itself.

If you are a Jazz fan or simply have an interest in American Music from the 30's through the 2000's, this book will not disappoint. It is divided into decades so that you can walk through the interviews on a nice timeline. It's a fantastic compilation.
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This is a compendium of articles from years of DownBeat magazines. Different authors and different levels of erudition from so the result is some great articles, some very good, a few not so much. In all, though, it is a worthwhile glimpse of jazz artists from the past. It is worth reading for those who want to get a sense of the personalities of a variety of people, but don't want the in depth perspective that more fleshed out profiles would have provided. It could be labeled superficial by those expecting too much. Again it is a series of magazine articles.
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very much needed and how it feels so good to have the stories quotes and pictures and anything that goes through the voices and depth and downbeat always gets it right, for any fan of Jazz music and its history should check this book out. it makes a great gift and alot of depth and a strong purpose.
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