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Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool: Scores from the Original Parts (Transcribed Score)
Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool: Scores from the Original Parts (Transcribed Score)
by Miles Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.01
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm prejudiced, August 21, 2002
I edited this folio. For years, musicians had to transcribe this important music so it could be played, and hoped that the original materials would turn up. The wait is now over.
All of the original parts known to exist of this legendary music were utilized to create corrected, clear, edited scores in concert. There are several pages of notes, including bios, a history of the music and the ensemble, and information on the restoration of this music. Also included is a composition that was never recorded.
Both the estates of Miles Davis and Gerry Mulligan made this music available to me to prepare this folio, and Keith Mardak, CEO of Hal Leonard, deserves credit for making this music available.
For me, this was a challenge and a labor of love. A more detailed article on the editing process will be published by the Journal of the Institute of Jazz Studies in the near future.
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Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
by Walter van de Leur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $42.75
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE, January 21, 2002
There are not enough stars that can adequately rate this book. Van de Leur has given us the first truly thorough analysis of a composer of jazz (although Strayhorn was much more than a jazz composer). You do need some musical knowledge to understand what he is talking about, but his discussion and analyses of Strayhorn's music are clear, concise and well-reasoned. The appendices alone are worth the price of the book, where he lists every scrap of music currently known of Strayhorn's, where it is, when it was recorded, and what was played (in many cases, Ellington only used parts of Strayhorn's arrangements of pop tunes). The sheer amount of work it took to complete this project is startling and awe-inspriring.
For years we wondered what Strayhorn's real role was in the Ellington organization. Now we know without any doubt. Bravo Walter!!!!


Gil Evans: Out of the Cool: His Life and Music
Gil Evans: Out of the Cool: His Life and Music
by Stephanie Stein Crease
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate job, November 1, 2001
I read the manuscript before the book was published, and Stephanie has done a miraculous job. Gil Evans was an extremely private person, and there were so many things about his life that were unknown or mysterious (nobody is even sure what his name is) until Stepanie started compiling her research. This book is filled with little-known information about his early life, and the photos she has discovered are amazing. She has found long-forgotten correspondense between Evans and his friend Pete Carpenter, and has interviewed people who have never spoken about Gil before in print. If you have any interest in 20th century jazz ensemble music, this book is invaluable.


Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording
Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording
by Charles L. Granata
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, January 28, 2000
No book has ever captured the experience of a recording session and the recording experience like Charles Granata. Long known as an authority of Frank Sinatra's work, this book actually conveys why Sinatra's recordings are classic and still speak to us. Granata's viewpoints are fair and, in the case of the controversial Mitch Miller recordings, as balanced as a writer can be in presenting all sides of the story. His interviews with such under-appreciated musicians such as arranger George Siravo ( who contributed far more to the canon of Frank Sinatra than most people realize) are particularly valuable. I am delighted that he has quoted extensively from Nelson Riddle's arranging book (which I edited for publication), which has much valuable information about how Nelson worked with Sinatra. The history of the recording field, rare photos and even reproductions of score pages simply make this a must-have volume.


The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age
The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age
by Leonard Maltin
Edition: Hardcover
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Maltin triumph, March 22, 1998
When Leonard Maltin writes on a subject, it betrays his love for that subject, and it is well researched. There have been a number of books on the history of radio, but this one is derived from interviews that Maltin did himself, sometimes before it was too late. My only problem with this book is the lack of a bibliography; since Maltin does draw from books written during radio's heyday, it would have been nice to have information on them. Regardless, if you have any interest in radio, this is a book you will thoroughly enjoy.


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