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Jazz Spoken Here: Conversations With Twenty-Two Musicians Paperback – March, 1994


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For seven years, Enstice, an art professor at Indiana State University, and Rubin, a Phoenix-based writer, hosted and produced "Just Talk" for a National Public Radio affiliate in Tuscon, Arizona. Between 1975 and 1981, they recorded informal interviews with 22 of the best jazzmen (no jazzwomen here). Some (Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Sonny Stitt and Gabor Szabo) have since passed away; others (including Mose Allison, Anthony Braxton, Ray Bryant, Mercer Ellington, Tommy Flanagan, Lee Konitz, Joe Pass, Clark Terry and Henry Threadgill) still soar. Each of these wonderfully fresh and insightful interviews opens with a concise biography of the performer; then the musician speaks for himself about getting started, influences, feelings about jazz, survival. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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These interviews, ranging from 1975 to 1981, represent two jazz generations: the old (Mercer Ellington, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus) and the new (Anthony Braxton, Larry Coryell, Henry Threadgill). Each interview has its own flavor, from the earthy to the metaphysical. The musicians discuss music making and can get a bit technical, but they tell colorful stories: Mose Allison on singing, Bob Brookmeyer on studio work, Ray Bryant on different kinds of audiences, Bill Evans on finding a musical identity. Each praises his mentors (no women are interviewed), and several mention racial prejudice. Each interview is preceded by a biographical sketch and followed by a list of recordings. Anyone interested in jazz will enjoy this entertaining and informative book.
- Paul Baker, CUNA Inc., Madison, Wis.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805455
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,574,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By smoky on August 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great interviews! One of the few "must read" books for any Jazz lover. Most of the choices are insightful and candid and the writers know the musicians as well as their music and know how to ask ask the pertinent questions, which often isn't the case.
For me the all too rare interviews with Sonny Stitt, Tommy Flanagan and Ray Bryant alone are worth the price.

The book to read and reread many times!

Strongly recommended!
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