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  • Reaching Beyondby Herbie Hancock; Daisaku Ikeda; Wayne Shorter

    Middleway Press 2017; US$ 7.99

    In Reaching Beyond, Buddhist thinker and activist Daisaku Ikeda explores the origins, development,and international influence of jazz with legendary artists Herbie Hancockand Wayne Shorter.Reflecting on their lives and careers, Mr. Hancock and Mr. Shorter sharethe lessons they have learned from their musical mentors, including MilesDavis and Art Blakey,... more...

  • New Atlantisby John Swenson

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 13.99

    Packed with indelible portraits of individual artists and informed by John Swenson's encyclopedic knowledge of the city's unique and varied music scene, New Atlantis is a stirring chronicle of the valiant efforts to preserve the culture that gives New Orleans its grace and magic. The book follows some of New Orleans's most gifted musicians--including... more...

  • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hallby Gabriel Solis

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 11.99

    Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall is an historical, cultural, and analytical study of the album by the same name. Recorded in 1957, but lost until 2005, it is a particularly interesting lens through which to view jazz both as a historical tradition and as a contemporary cultural form. more...

  • Keith Jarrett's The Koln Concertby Peter Elsdon

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    In Keith Jarrett's The K?ln Concert, Peter Elsdon presents, for the first time, a detailed musical account of Keith Jarrett's best-selling The K?ln Concert. It explores the way in which Jarrett developed the format of the solo improvised concert, and looks at the subsequent reception of the record. more...

  • An Annotated Bibliography of Jazz Fiction and Jazz Fiction Criticismby Richard Albert

    ABC-CLIO 1996; US$ 40.00

    Albert provides a survey of the impact of jazz on both American and foreign fiction, along with an annotated listing of almost 400 short stories, novels, plays, and jazz fiction criticism. Access is augmented by an index of novels, plays, and short stories and by a general index. Albert examines the strong impact jazz and the blues have had on... more...

  • At the Jazz Band Ballby Nat Hentoff

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    Nat Hentoff, renowned jazz critic, civil liberties activist, and fearless contrarian?"I?m a Jewish atheist civil-libertarian pro-lifer"?has lived through much of jazz?s history and has known many of jazz?s most important figures, often as friend and confidant. Hentoff has been a tireless advocate for the neglected parts of jazz history, including forgotten... more...

  • The Blue Momentby Richard Williams

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    'It is the most singular of sounds, yet among the most ubiquitous. It is the sound of isolation that has sold itself to millions.' Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is the best selling piece of music in the history of jazz, and for many listeners among the most haunting in all of twentieth-century music. It is also, notoriously, the only jazz album many... more...

  • Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boastsby Harriet Vyner; Jools Holland

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 15.50

    Jools Holland has had a fascinating life. From playing on bomb sites as a boy in the East End, to skiving off school and then selling millions of records with Squeeze, the first twenty years of his life were eventful, chaotic and colourful. Then came The Tube with Paula Yates, the seminal live music programme that propelled him to fame. Over the following... more...

  • Slowing Downby George Melly

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    George Melly is 79 nudging 80. You'll probably think, 'That's not old these days'. And it's true, George is still swinging and singing, fly-fishing, flirting, and for now just playing at senility. But it's not as if he were the Queen Mother. He walks very slowly nowadays. He's losing control over his bladder, and his bowels. He no longer, being quite... more...

  • Young Man with a Hornby Dorothy Baker; Gary Giddins

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 16.95

    Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him. He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn?t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid. He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York. But while talent... more...