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  • The Jazz Earby Ben Ratliff

    Henry Holt and Co. 2008; US$ 17.99

    An intimate exploration into the musical genius of fifteen living jazz legends, from the longtime New York Times jazz critic Jazz is conducted almost wordlessly: John Coltrane rarely told his quartet what to do, and Miles Davis famously gave his group only the barest instructions before recording his masterpiece "Kind of Blue." Musicians are... more...

  • Coltraneby Ben Ratliff

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 22.99

    John Coltrane left an indelible mark on the world, but what was the essence of his achievement that makes him so prized forty years after his death? What were the factors that helped Coltrane become who he was? And what would a John Coltrane look like now--or are we looking for the wrong signs? In this deftly written, riveting study, New York Times... more...

  • Every Song Everby Ben Ratliff

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016; US$ 26.99

    What is music in the age of the cloud? Today, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. It is possible to flit instantly across genres and generations, from 1980s Detroit techno to 1890s Viennese neo-romanticism. This new age of listening brings with it astonishing new possibilities--as well as dangers. In Every Song Ever , the veteran New... more...

  • Coltraneby Ben Ratliff

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 14.57

    No other jazz musician has proved so inspirational and so fascinating as Coltrane. Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for the New York Times, has written the first book to do justice to this great and controversial music pioneer. As well as an elegant narrative of Coltrane's life Ratliff does something incredibly valuable - he writes about the saxophonist's... more...

  • Every Song Everby Ben Ratliff

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 31.98

    From one of America's celebrated critics, the definitive field guide to listening to music in the age of the Cloud The most significant revolution in the recent history of music has to do with listening: it is now possible to listen to nearly anything at any time, to ignore albums, and to instantly flit across genres and generations, from 1980s... more...

  • Really the Bluesby Mezz Mezzrow; Bernard Wolfe; Ben Ratliff

    New York Review Books 2016; US$ 17.95

    Mezz Mezzrow was a Jewish boy from the slums of Chicago who learned to play the clarinet in reform school and pursued a life in music and a life of crime. He moved from Chicago to New Orleans to New York, working in brothels and bars, bootlegging, dealing drugs, getting hooked, doing time, producing records, and playing with the greats, among them... more...

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