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  • Mingus Speaksby John Goodman

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 34.95

    Charles Mingus is among jazz?s greatest composers and perhaps its most talented bass player. He was blunt and outspoken about the place of jazz in music history and American culture, about which performers were the real thing (or not), and much more. These in-depth interviews, conducted several years before Mingus died, capture the composer?s spirit... more...

  • Jazzwomen Speakby Wayne Enstice; Janis Stockhouse

    Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 4.99

    A woman in jazz. How was she treated on- and offstage? What was it like to play with Dizzy Gillespie or Charlie Parker? What was the breakthrough moment in her career? How did she balance her personal and professional life? In six illuminating interviews, female jazz musicians answer these questions and more, discussing the challenges of being a woman... more...

  • The Influence of John Coltrane’s Music on Improvising Saxophonistsby Andrew N. Sugg

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2014; US$ 179.95

    This book investigates the influence of Coltrane’s music on the improvising of post-Coltrane saxophonist by inspecting selected improvisations of Jerry Bergonzi and David Liebman and comparing them to improvisations by Coltrane on the same repertoire piece. more...

  • The Musical Novelby Emily Petermann

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 85.00

    Analyzes two groups of "musical novels" -- novels that take music as a model for their construction -- including jazz novels by Toni Morrison and Michael Ondaatje, and novels based on Bach's Goldberg Variations. more...

  • Bensonby George Benson; Alan Goldsher

    Da Capo Press 2014;

    The much-awaited story of celebrated singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist George Benson, with a foreword by Bill Cosby. more...

  • Jazz in Its Timeby Martin Williams

    Oxford University Press 1991; US$ 19.95

    From record album liner notes to serious academic pieces, Martin Williams has been perceptively chronicling the development of jazz for over three decades. In this, his newest collection of jazz writings, Williams brings together many of his best pieces and covers new ground, with short columns on Teddy Wilson and George Winston and a longer article,... more...

  • Dancing in Your Headby Gene Santoro

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 26.00

    As music columnist for The Nation, Gene Santoro has established himself as an important new critical voice, able to write well on a broad spectrum of popular music and jazz without losing touch with the cutting edge of today's music scene. About Nat "King" Cole, Santoro comments: "adjectives can't describe the swinging, ingratiating self-confidence... more...

  • Bebopby Thomas Owens

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 19.95

    When bebop was new, writes Thomas Owens, "many jazz musicians and most of the jazz audience heard it as radical, chaotic, bewildering music." For a nation swinging to the smoothly orchestrated sounds of the big bands, this revolutionary movement of the 1940s must have seemed destined for a short life on the musical fringe. But today, Owens writes,... more...

  • Jazz Changesby Martin Williams

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 19.95

    Jazz Changes is the late Martin Williams's third and perhaps best collection of jazz portraits, interviews, narrative accounts of recording sessions, rehearsals, and performances, important liner notes, and far reaching discussions of musicians and their music. The collection includes thirty years of Williams's finest pieces taking readers on an engaging... more...

  • The Jazz Revolutionby Kathy J. Ogren

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 19.95

    Born of African rhythms, the spiritual "call and response," and other American musical traditions, jazz was by the 1920s the dominant influence on this country's popular music. Writers of the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston) and the "Lost Generation" (Malcolm Cowley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein), along... more...