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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879307293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307295
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Gelly is a jazz critic for The Observer, and writes and broadcasts regularly on jazz and related topics. He writes liner notes for major record labels on both sides of the Atlantic and is the author of several books. He edited Masters of Jazz Saxophone and has contributed to Masters of Jazz Guitar and The Sax & Brass Book. Gelly is also an accomplished saxophonist, in addition to being named Jazz Writer of the Year in the 1999 BT British Jazz Awards.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. CRADDOCK VINE VOICE on April 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jazz Critic Dave Gelly has a jazzy and breezy prose style, not unlike the tenor saxophone style of the book's subject, Stan Getz. I zipped through this book, and it went down as easy as a dry martini after a hard day's work.

Getz's nickname was "The Sound" and the sound was lush, beautiful, lyrical, melodic, and swung like crazy. But Stan, "The Man" was a different story, and it is a paradox that such lovely music could come from someone so flawed. Heroin addiction at one point caused a desperate young Getz to attempt to rob a pharmacy. He later kicked heroin, but was an alcoholic wife beater. He was not the best parent. He was jealous of Chet Baker. He was an adulterous womanizer.

But then there was the music, Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton, the Woody Herman Band, the Bossa Nova, the exciting career, the gorgeous sound . . .

Gelly tells it like it is, spinning a compelling narrative that doesn't shy away from the life behind the music, but still illuminates that music, putting it all in perspective, and making us feel the wonder of "The Sound" anew. It's all there in this book, Nobody Else But Me, shakin' like Gelly on a plate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Ranovos on June 20, 2008
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This book about Stan Getz was written by Dave Gelly, an award-winning British jazz critic whose other career -- get this -- is playing tenor sax. I ordered it the instant I finished the author's biography of Lester Young. I play tenor sax myself (albeit not professionally), and devoured both works with the greatest delight; I especially appreciated the author's analysis of so many of their solos. Mr Gelly, if you are reading this: please please PLEASE keep the saxophone player biographies coming.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Stan Getz: Nobody Else But Me by jazz critic Dave Gelly is an engaging and informative biography of Stan Getz. Taking the reader on a dizzying tour through this great jazz saxophonist's life and music, including Getz's rise to fame in Woody Herman's "Four Brothers" saxophone section in the 1940s, to his breakneck bop in the 1950s, to his international hit "The Girl From Ipanema", and much, much more, Stan Getz: Nobody Else But Me deftly examines this outstanding musician's work and personal life in thoughtful detail.
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By jerry moors on February 12, 2013
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all in all, a most informative work that is well researched. however,their a couple of things the writer doesn't bring out
1. when heroin users don't have heroin, they are heavy drinkers, and don't get drunk. I saw this in Vegas.
2. mistake on the tune,"Move". the changes are not rhythm changes'as the writer says. they are close, but no cigar. also, "Move" has what is known as a" standard" bridge,which is different from the rhythm changes bridge,which is a cycle of 5th's
(Jerry Moors, jazz pianist & arranger
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