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  • 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...

  • Swingin' on Central Avenueby Peter Vacher

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 54.99

    Through their own words, Vacher tells their story in Los Angeles, offering along the way a close look at the role the black musicians union played in their lives while also taking on jazz historiography?s comparative neglect of these West Coast players. more...

  • Knowing Jazzby Ken Prouty

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 55.00

    Ken Prouty argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz?s identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or fan understands jazz differently, based on each individual?s unique experiences and insights. Through playing, listening, reading, and talking about... more...

  • Glorious Days and Nightsby Herb Snitzer; Dan Morgenstern

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 35.00

    Glorious Days and Nights is a personal account of the fifty-year career of jazz photographer Herb Snitzer, with a special focus on his years in New York City from 1957 to 1964. A photojournalist for Life, Look, and Fortune , Snitzer was the photo editor and later associate editor of the influential jazz magazine Metronome . During the 1960s,... more...

  • The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensemblesby Bob Gluck

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 37.50

    Miles Davis?s Bitches Brew is one of the most iconic albums in American music, the preeminent landmark and fertile seedbed of jazz-fusion. Fans have been fortunate in the past few years to gain access to Davis?s live recordings from this time, when he was working with an ensemble that has come to be known as the Lost Quintet. In this book, jazz... more...

  • An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musiciansby Benjamin Franklin V

    University of South Carolina Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    A comprehensive guide to the men and women who contributed to and defined the musical roots of South Carolina more...

  • The Product of Our Soulsby David Gilbert

    The University of North Carolina Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    In 1912 James Reese Europe made history by conducting his 125-member Clef Club Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The first concert by an African American ensemble at the esteemed venue was more than just a concert--it was a political act of desegregation, a defiant challenge to the status quo in American music. In this book, David Gilbert explores how Europe... more...

  • The Imperfect Artby Ted Gioia

    Oxford University Press 1990; US$ 24.99 US$ 21.49

    Taking a wide-ranging approach rare in jazz criticism, Ted Gioia draws upon fields as disparate as literary criticism, art history, sociology, and aesthetic philosophy in order to place jazz within the turbulent cultural environment of the twentieth century. He argues that because improvisation--the essence of jazz--must often fail under the pressure... more...

  • Salsa Risingby Juan Flores

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 14.99 US$ 12.89

    Salsa Rising provides the first full-length historical account of Latin Music in this city guided by close critical attention to issues of tradition and experimentation, authenticity and dilution, and the often clashing roles of cultural communities and the commercial recording industry in the shaping of musical practices and tastes. Author Juan Flores... more...

  • Different Drummersby Michael H. Kater

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 37.99 US$ 32.67

    In Different Drummers , Michael Kater explores the underground history of jazz in Hitler's Germany. He offers a frightening and fascinating look at life and popular culture during the Third Reich, showing that for the Nazis, jazz was an especially threatening form of expression. In tracing the growth of what would become a bold and eloquent form... more...