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Posted on Apr 23, 2012 3:37:20 PM PDT
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Thanks Johnny, I've bought the book you recommended. Hope to read it presently...

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 6:07:36 PM PDT
PGM says:
I realize this may be blasphemy in the jazz section,but Julie Coryell (Larry's ex)did a nice little jazz fusion book that had a lot of short bio's on some pretty decent players.

Jazz-Rock Fusion: The People, the Music

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Jerlaw says:
Seems I've heard that song before.

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Posted on May 14, 2012 10:02:36 PM PDT
Bill Crow's books are great, easy reads and very entertaining. After owning the first one for a number of years, I gave it to a friend and bought the second edition on Amazon.

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Posted on May 27, 2012 3:47:40 PM PDT
I am currently reading "88 The Giants Of Jazz Piano" by Robert L. Doerschuck. It is slow going as I feel compelled to listen to the recordings cited by the author in each chapter. After three days I have read only seven short vignettes, and am currently listening to The Legendary Little Theater Concert by Earl Hines, with Count Basie up next.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 1:44:59 AM PDT
Brian says:
Susan, I had a similar "slow going" experience while reading a book about classical pianists.
For those interseted in classical music - Reflections from the Keyboard: The World of the Concert Pianist, Second Edition.
I recently finished Fade to Blue: An Evan Horne Mystery. I like Moody's style for an easy read andI have read most of the "Evan Horne" series.

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Posted on May 30, 2012 12:10:56 PM PDT
I'm still reading "Singing Jazz" by Bruce Crowther and Bruce Pinfold. This is a very well researched book that touches on everything that might be loosely related to singing jazz from blues through to gospel and popular, musicianly singers like Sinatra and Peggy Lee. It's really a "must-have-on-your-bookshelf" for anyone remotely interested in jazz singing and jazz singers. Lots of anecdotes and quotes from well-known vocalists in and out of jazz. My only beef is, whilst giving due recognition to Thomas A.Dorsey and the great influence that he was on gospel singing, the authors insist on lumping gospel and spirituals together as one genre which is clearly not the case. But, that's a minor carp. I'm learning a lot from this book and enjoying the journey through its pages. Bought at a knock-down price through Amazon.

Posted on May 30, 2012 12:17:36 PM PDT
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E. Dill says:
Since I'm a bit lacking on bios of jazz musicians, I thought I'd take this opportunity to list the jazz books I do own....

THE WORLD OF COUNT BASIE - Stanley Dance (1980)

JAZZ LIVES - PORTRAITS IN WORDS AND PICTURES - Michael Ullman (1980)
This book includes 23 bios of the personal and professional lives of some of the most influential jazz musicians, many of whom were part of the avant-garde. Ullman includes interviews, technical evaluations of each persons musical style and record reviews.

THE JAZZ LIFE - Nat Hentoff (1961)
A fascinating and revealing glimpse into all of the hidden tensions, challenges, and victories which shape the life of the jazz musician in his special world

THE STORY OF JAZZ - Marshall W. Stearns (1956)

JAZZ - IT'S EVOLUTION AND ESSENCE - Andre Hodeir (1956/61)

IN THE MOMENT - JAZZ IN THE 1980'S - Francis Davis (1986)

THE 101 BEST JAZZ ALBUMS - A HISTORY OF JAZZ ON RECORDS - Len Lyons (1980)

THE FREEDOM PRINCIPLE - JAZZ AFTER 1958 - John Litweiler (1984)

JAZZ - Nat Hentoff/Albert J. McCarthy (1959)
New Perspectives on the History of Jazz by 12 of the World's Foremost Jazz Critics and Scholars

JAZZ ON RECORD - A HISTORY - Brian Priestley (1991)
A discography of seminal works and a discussion of how the recording process and business has changed the shape of jazz.

JAZZ STYLES - HISTORY AND ANALYSIS - (FIFTH ED - 1994)Mark C. Gridley
I should note that this originally came with a Jazz Classics cassette/cd with 26 historic recordings and a Jazz Styles Cassette/cd with 171 demonstratiions of jazz sounds and methods. I bought it used from the library without these but the book is beneficial as an introductory text to jazz. It includes 21 guides to listening to classic recordings.

THE ESSENTIAL JAZZ RECORDS - VOLUME ONE - RAGTIME TO SWING - Max Harrison/Charles Fox/Eric Thacker (1984)

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER LISTENER'S GUIDE TO JAZZ - Edited by Alan Rich (1980)

THE ROLLING STONE JAZZ RECORD GUIDE - Edited by John Swenson (1979.1985)

THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ ON CD, LP & CASSETTE - Richard Cook/Brian Morton (1992)

JAZZ-ROCK FUSION - THE PEOPLE . THE MUSIC - Julie Coryell/Laura Friedman (1978)

THE HARMONY ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ - THIRD EDITION - Brian Case/Stan Britt (Revised and Updated by Chrissie Murray) (1978/1987)

A CENTURY OF JAZZ - Roy Carr (1997/2004)

THE BEST OF JAZZ - THE ESSENTIAL CD GUIDE - Martin Gayford (1993)

THE BOOK OF JAZZ - FROM THEN TILL NOW - Leonard Feather (1957/1976)
(This one seriously needs replacing due to use/abuse....among other things, Leonard traced the development of each instrument in jazz and its main players....also chapters on jazz vocalists, small combos, big bands and composers/arrangers. Back when I was getting my feet wet, it was an great source for the development of the music by its players.

Of course, like most people, I have some music books that are not genre specific. Those all have sections on jazz and its development.

I should mention that, like my record collection, I seldom buy new or full price. If I did, I'd be broke (wait, I AM broke). This is one of the reasons I used to frequent used book and records stores. (I tend to let my fingers do the walking more these days). A lot of my rock books are falling apart thru use/abuse. I was happy to note that only the Feather book needs replacing. Half.com/Amazon here I come....

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Posted on May 30, 2012 1:16:55 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
@ JJ

Thanks for the ideas....I was already going to look for the McRae book. I love books that list worthy albums to consider.

I once was at the Main Public Library in Cleveland, scanning a stack of music mags for record reviews....jotting down albums/artists that seemed promising for further investigation. I guy who'd been nosing around saw me with the stack and I told him I had most of the mags on the table and he should take what he wanted.....I was scanning reviews. He replied, rather snottily, "I don't let anyone tell ME what to listen to!". I was tempted to telll him that if he used ANY method other than dartboard or picking blindfolded from a record bin you WERE letting others decide, somewhat, by listening to music on the radio and picking from those. How many albums/singles released were NEVER played on a given station? Most stations create their own playlists and everything else is never played. It is quite difficult to be completely independent from anyone's opinion. Why would I want to be? I AM the final arbitor always. They love it, I may not and vice versa. I'm looking for possibilities not decisions. I make my own.

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Posted on May 31, 2012 8:20:30 PM PDT
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E. Dill says:
I knew I'd forgotten something I just picked up....

Some years ago, I found, at the local library, a cd set (audio book) narrated by the author, John F. Szwed, a professor of anthropology, African and African-American studies, music and American studies at Yale U. Admittedly, it took some getting used to because, as an audio book, it didn't promise what some other music cd's/tapes often offer, i.e., lecture followed by audio examples. I'm sure one of the reasons it didn't was the difficulty in getting permission to publish anything with snippets of performances and the cost if such permission is given. Still, even without the audio, it was a very good overview of the history of jazz. The other day, I found the book itself at another library. It was on sale for $2. Copyright 2000. I'm glad that both are part of my jazz collection.

Oops. I knew I forgt something. The name of the book and the audio book is JAZZ 101 - A COMPLETE GUIDE TO LEARNING AND LOVING JAZZ by John F. Szwed.

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Posted on Aug 4, 2012 1:24:02 PM PDT
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I am currently reading the following book, which just arrived:

Born to Play: The Ruby Braff Discography and Directory of Performances (Studies in Jazz)

The book runs 681 pages and is a biographical discography with a history of all of Ruby's known performances, including many performances that were not commercially recorded. It is an absolute delight, representing unbelievable research by the author, Tom Hustad.

The forward to the book, written by Dan Morgenstern states the following: "It was after an Arbors record date in New York in the summer of 2000 that Ruby took on a booking at an intimate New Jersey jazz spot, Shanghai Jazz, with a quartet including the veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. I was lucky to be there, for Ruby played like an angel."

This booking was actually a private, invitation only affair during an afternoon when the club was not normally open for business. We were fortunate to have been in attendance, at the invitation of Mat Domber, owner of Arbors records. There were probably a couple of dozen people in the audience, and I remember there was an excellent "free" Chinese buffet provided. Ruby did indeed play like an angel that afternoon, and we all had a wonderful time.

It is unfortunate that many contributors to this forum never had the opportunity to hear Ruby live. His music probably does not appeal to many of you. However, we were very fortunate to have known him and to have heard him play in person many times. I believe we own almost all of his recordings, and will certainly be looking to enhance our listening pleasure as we read this wonderful book.
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