Marsalis on Music

Marsalis on Music
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Companion book to the popular PBS-TV series Marsalis on Music, introducing families, children, and music-hungry readers of all ages to the joy of good music, both classical and jazz. With an unrivaled freshness, charm, and sense of fun, Wynton Marsalis steps forward not only as a world-renowned jazz and classical performer, but as a great teacher in the tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. Using wonderfully appealing examples and analogies―likening the rhythmic structures of music to playing basketball or football, teaching sonata form through a story about chasing a pet hamster through a shopping mall, drawing unprecedented and revealing….

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Walking with Legends: Barry Martyn's New Orleans Jazz Odyssey

Walking with Legends: Barry Martyn's New Orleans Jazz Odyssey
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Drummer, record producer, bandleader, jazz researcher, and cigar-chomping raconteur Barry Martyn is a New Orleans original who happens to have been born in England. Implausible though this may seem, it makes perfect sense to members of the New Orleans traditional jazz community, who view themselves as an extended family based on merit as much as nativity. For more than forty years, Martyn has been a fixture in the Crescent City’s jazz scene, laying down the beat for generations of celebrated musicians and avidly promoting the city’s unique musical heritage around the world. In Walking with Legends — based on over….

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The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68 (Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz)

The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68 (Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz)
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The “Second Quintet” — the Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-1960s — was one of the most innovative and influential groups in the history of the genre. Each of the musicians who performed with Davis–saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams–went on to a successful career as a top player. The studio recordings released by this group made profound contributions to improvisational strategies, jazz composition, and mediation between mainstream and avant-garde jazz, yet most critical attention has focused instead on live performances or the socio-cultural context of the work. Keith Waters’ The Studio….

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