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Duke Ellington Hardcover – September 17, 1987

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (September 17, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195037707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195037708
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,884,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author of Louis Armstrong: An American Success Story tells another musical tale with a strong, clear sense of the field. Collier chronicles the early years of Edward Kennedy Ellington, who was pampered and made to feel elite--like his nickname. Although he came to music rather late, Ellington's dignity, willingness to take risks and sense for organization enabled him to assemble and keep together one of music's longest-lasting bands. In language rich with the textures of jazz itself, Collier explains how jazz functions (e.g., through layering), and uses Ellington's personality to demonstrate strengths and weaknesses in his music. Probably appealing most to jazz aficionados, this biography flavorfully examines the period, the possibilities and limitations for blacks, the ebb and flow of band members and Ellington's many contributions--including being partly responsible for ending Stepin Fetchit routines. Readers will easily understand how the youngster who kept "practicing at being famous" became so worthy of that adjective. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7-12-- A well-researched, fact-filled biography, beginning with Ellington's early adolescence. Collier describes aspects of the social problems during his subject's younger years as he traces the musician's close relationship with his family, his training, his performances, and a number of the difficulties encountered during his career. Various musicians are alluded to throughout, and there are casual references to several musical terms, making this volume appeal more to those interested in jazz or with more than an elementary knowledge of the subject. Surely, this work will garner the same respect as Collier's Louis Armstrong (Macmillan, 1985) and his other books about jazz.
- Linda Zoppa, Pablo Casals Intermediate School
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jive rhapsodist on May 25, 2013
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THis book is famously perverse. I finally bought it - I've read it libraries for years. But finally I said to myself "Practice what you preach,yo! If you say you're interested in different filters and the way different kinds of people can look at the same thing, how can you NOT own the book that denigrates Ellington as a composer and damns him with faint praise?".

Look, if we were just talking about my personal opinion of Collier's opinions, this book would get ONE star. But it is a relatively well - researched book, given its condescending, borderline racist (nothing overt - just its insufferable patronizing tone) agenda.

Caveat Emptor, Baby!
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