Great Books On The Giants Of JAZZ

A Listmania! list by 4-Legged Defender "Anthony C. Rubbo" (ATL. GA.)
The list author says: "Here's a not-so-short list of essential reading for those interested in the iconic legends and history of America's only truely indigineous musical form. I hope you find it helpful. If so, please give it a helpful nod in the box at the right. Many thanks for taking the time to look..."
Miles: The Autobiography
1.  Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis
The list author says:
  "The ultimate autobiography on the ultimate legend in the history of jazz. A one of a kind read that will stay with you forever."
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We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz
2.  We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz by Vincent Bessieres
The list author says:
  "A coffee table book of primarily photographic depictions of various chronological stages in Miles' career. The text is somewhat light but accurate and informative, though the bountiful pictures tell the tale here. Read my review."
$50.00   Used & New from: $9.99
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Hard Bop Academy
3.  Hard Bop Academy by Alan Goldsher
The list author says:
  "The Jazz Messengers were not just Art Blakey's band - they were the Petri dish for dozens of future giants to get the lab exposure to develop their skills before going out on their own. These sidemen now speak about their experiences with THE premier bop drummer who was a bandleader longer than anyone else in jazz."
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Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews (Musicians in Their Own Words)
4.  Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews (Musicians in Their Own Words) by Chris DeVito
The list author says:
  "All of Coltrane’s published interviews are here, but author DeVito also transcribes audio interviews, letters, newspaper articles, and other rarities to complete this picture of the man. The result is a must-own for your bookshelf."
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Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus
5.  Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus by Charles Mingus
The list author says:
  "An excellently written autobiography by the genius himself in the beat poet tradition of writing."
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African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Refiguring American Music)
6.  African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Refiguring American Music) by Randy Weston
The list author says:
  "By taking the reader on a spectacular spiritual journey from Brooklyn to Africa, around the world and back again, Weston tells a story of this great music, tracing its African roots and branches, acknowledging the ancestors who helped bring him to the music and draw the music from his soul. Fantastic."
$26.96   Used & New from: $8.28
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Afro-Cuban Jazz : Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion
7.  Afro-Cuban Jazz : Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion by Scott Yanow
The list author says:
  "The earliest form of fusion in jazz as seen through the eyes of one of the best writers and lovers of jazz, Yanow picks the bones of this genre like a cannibal, shedding insight and reverence for those who invented and explored this vital art form that influenced all futures of the idiom."
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The Blue Note Years: The jazz Photography of Francis Wolff
8.  The Blue Note Years: The jazz Photography of Francis Wolff by Francis Wolff
The list author says:
  "One of, if not the greatest photographers of jazz giants, this is a gorgeous portrait of the label's legendary  artists and intimate studio 'you are there' depictions."
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Blue Note: The Album Cover Art (The Finest In Jazz Since 1939)
9.  Blue Note: The Album Cover Art (The Finest In Jazz Since 1939) by Graham Marsh
The list author says:
  "A large,fantastic edition of almost all the essential legendary Blue Note albums from the 50's and 60's. A must-own for jazzers and artists alike."
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Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius
10.  Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius by Bill Milkowski
The list author says:
  "The nose-bleeding highs and bone-crushing lows in the ultimately tragic tale that was the life of the most celebrated and uniquely voiced electric bassist of the 20th century, as written by someone who knew him since high school."
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The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68 (Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz)
11.  The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68 (Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz) by Keith Waters
The list author says:
  "For serious listeners, it's a gold mine of information and analysis concerning one of the most important musical ensembles of the 20th century, period."
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Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis (Musicians in Their Own Words)
12.  Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis (Musicians in Their Own Words) by Paul Maher
The list author says:
  "I guess by now it's apparant I'm a Miles freak, so add this one to your collection if you feel likewise..."
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Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music
13.  Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music by Bob Blumenthal
The list author says:
  "A great read penned by an industry insider and substantial musician who's become one of the most significant historians of jazz."
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So What: The Life of Miles Davis
14.  So What: The Life of Miles Davis by John F. Szwed
The list author says:
  "Another entertaining and informative reading about the most significant jazz artist of all time."
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Space Is The Place: The Lives And Times Of Sun Ra
15.  Space Is The Place: The Lives And Times Of Sun Ra by John F. Szwed
The list author says:
  "A solid, enlightening tome on 'the man who fell to earth' by the author of 'So What: The Life of Miles Davis'. Positively otherworldly."
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The Blue Note Label: A Discography, Revised and Expanded (Discographies)
16.  The Blue Note Label: A Discography, Revised and Expanded (Discographies) by Michael Cuscuna
The list author says:
  "No one has the facts better than producer Michael Cuscuna - THE definitive discography."
$213.00   Used & New from: $98.98
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A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
17.  A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album by Ashley Kahn
The list author says:
  "What can I say about this album you already don't know? Not too much, but author Ashley Kahn manages to speak volumes about it, and it's engrossing and enlightening."
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Milestones: The Music And Times Of Miles Davis
18.  Milestones: The Music And Times Of Miles Davis by J. K. Chambers
The list author says:
  "One of the most comprehensive though flawed works devoted to the life of Miles, it's rife with biased and bitter remarks about both the man and his post 'In A Silent Way' recordings. Nonetheless informative and enlightening. Read my review for details."
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Down Beat Hall of Fame Series the Miles Davis Reader
19.  Down Beat Hall of Fame Series the Miles Davis Reader by Frank Alkyer
The list author says:
  "Culled from decades of articles about the man himself, this is another treasure for the devoted Miles militant."
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Jazz-Rock: A History
20.  Jazz-Rock: A History by Stuart Nicholson
The list author says:
  "The best, most accurate, articulate, comprehensive and well-researched book ever composed about the subject and its originators, inventers and innovators. There's a wealth of treasure to be mined in this reference tool, and an incredible discography to boot. Essential and mandatory."
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Jazz-Rock Fusion: The People, the Music
21.  Jazz-Rock Fusion: The People, the Music by Julie Coryell
The list author says:
  "Probably the first publication of its kind, comprised of interviews with all the primary movers and shakers of the 70's and photographed by Larry Coryell's then-wife Julie. Essential for enthusiasts."
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DownBeat - The Great Jazz Interviews (A 75th Anniversary Anthology)
22.  DownBeat - The Great Jazz Interviews (A 75th Anniversary Anthology) by Frank Alkyer
The list author says:
  "In honor of its 75th anniversary, this one features classic photos and magazine covers from DownBeat's vast archives.  Although a bit all over the place, you're guaranteed to find slices of heavenly articles and interviews peppered throughout."
$23.83   Used & New from: $17.60
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MASTERS OF JAZZ GUITAR - SOFTCOVER EDITION W/CD
23.  MASTERS OF JAZZ GUITAR - SOFTCOVER EDITION W/CD by Charles Alexander
The list author says:
  "A historic overview of the most well-known masters. A few omissions, but why bicker?"
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Conversations with Great Jazz and Studio Guitarists
24.  Conversations with Great Jazz and Studio Guitarists by Jim Carlton
The list author says:
  "An in-depth book with fascinating insight into the bygone era of the session/jazz guitarists. Told with humor and fine detail."
$24.99   Used & New from: $16.00
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Herman Leonard: Jazz Portraits Postcards
25.  Herman Leonard: Jazz Portraits Postcards by Herman Leonard
The list author says:
  "Another fine photographic document of yesterday's pioneers gorgeously captured."
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Jazz, Giants and Journeys: The Photography of Herman Leonard
26.  Jazz, Giants and Journeys: The Photography of Herman Leonard by Herman Leonard
The list author says:
  "The elder statesman of jazz photography does it again in this tribute to the elder statesmen and women of jazz."
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The Eye of Jazz: The Jazz Photographs of Herman Leonard
27.  The Eye of Jazz: The Jazz Photographs of Herman Leonard by Herman Leonard
The list author says:
  "Another romantic trip through the old school looking glass of iconic jazz legends as captured by a world master."
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