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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Damiani (September 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8889431563
  • ISBN-13: 978-8889431566
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William E. Lowenburg on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Photography has produced few prodigies in comparison to music, but the first image in Somewhere There's Music, a portrait of jazz singer Jimmy Ruffing, taken when Larry Fink was just sixteen, casts a vote in Fink's favor. Today, fifty years after Ruffing's portrait was made, Larry Fink is respected on the international photography scene with the same regard as many of his subjects are in their respective milieu: Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Lightning Hopkins, John Coltrane and many more names well-known to jazz and popular music fans.

Released in December 2006 by the Italian publisher Damiani, Somewhere There's Music is a public as well as a private chronicle for the photographer and the musicians. In his introduction, Fink writes:"The book is not meant to be thorough, it is not comprehensive, it is peppered with favoritism...the images reflect where I have traveled, what I have seen and heard...Music, foul and growling, dark, round and tranquil, long and clear. It is for me the river of life. It feeds me on the deepest level. I wish to share with all, the majesty of being witness to sound."

Featuring over 80 duotone black and white photos, the handsomely styled hardcover edition of Somewhere There's Music also includes free-flowing quotations from musicians such as violinist Leroy Jenkins expressing his goals and visions: "I want to roam the boundaries of universal music with impunity. I want the weight of music's history, the freshness of tomorrow's expectations...I want improvisation without musical notation, as well as the mysteries of the notated page. I want the brutal beauty of our times reflected in my music. Of course my version of freedom has boundaries too. Don't want to go too far out, might lose myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The cover of SOMEWHERE THERE'S MUSIC might lead one to think that it's yet another book of black-and-white jazz photographs. Now, even if true, that would not necessarily be a bad thing. Black-and-white jazz photographs have a seductive, atmospheric appeal. The problem, however, is that there are so many such books, and too many of the individual photographs are clichéd. Well, here's why this is NOT just another book of black-and-white jazz photographs.

Granted, Larry Fink states that "jazz players were my heroes" and more than half of the 117 photographs ARE of jazz musicians and jazz clubs. But MUSIC is Fink's muse, in all its forms. Fink's photographic subjects also include Bruce Springsteen, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hazel Dickens, New Orleans brass bands, blues guitar, and students at the Cleveland High School of the Arts. The book illustrates well the commitment, the concentration, the labor, and the transcendent joy of musicians, not only jazz musicians.

Next, limiting one's consideration to the photographs that are of jazz musicians, very few might rightly be considered clichés. (Consider again that cover photograph: although the bass player's pose is a rather conventional image, the girl in the low-cut dress taking up two-thirds of the photo coupled with the luminescent white of the bassist's shirt transform the photograph from the ordinary to the nigh extraordinary.) Fink doesn't deal in stock situations. He sees and captures things beyond the grasp of most photographers. There is an everyday grittiness to many of these photographs, in part due to the fact that the majority are of musicians practicing or playing in private as opposed to performing in public clubs or concert halls.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Warshaw on February 24, 2014
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The book arrived on time as promised. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that it was advertised as in perfect condition and there was a tear on the jacket cover. A collector would have been annoyed, but it doesn't matter to me.
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