It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record

It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record
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Here is quite simply one of the most original books about a jazz musician ever published–a biography-cum-discography that focuses in turn on fourteen major albums recorded by Miles Davis, using them as a jumping off point for an illuminating discussion of the turbulent life and work of the “Evil Genius of Jazz.” Richard Cook, a veteran writer respected throughout the jazz world, looks at such landmark recordings as Birth of the Cool, Miles Ahead, Kind of Blue, The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel, In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and Live at Montreux. Each of these recordings is….

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The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition
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The essential guide to recorded jazz, now in its ninth edition

Firmly established as the world?s leading guide to jazz, this celebrated reference book is a mine of fascinating information and insightful?often wittily trenchant?criticism. For this completely revised edition, Richard Cook and Brian Morton have reassessed each artist?s entry and updated the text to incorporate thousands of additional CDs and artists. The result is an endlessly browsable companion for jazz aficionados and novices alike.

The Oxford Companion to Jazz (Oxford Companions)

The Oxford Companion to Jazz (Oxford Companions)
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Jazz and its colorful, expansive history resonate in this unique collection of 60 essays specially-commissioned from today’s top jazz performers, writers, and scholars. Contributors include such jazz insiders as Bill Crow, Samuel A. Floyd Jr., Ted Gioia, Gene Lees, Dan Morgenstern, Gunther Schuller, Richard M. Sudhalter, and Patricia Willard. Both a reference book and an engaging read, the Companion surveys the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and Europe until the present. Along the way, each distinctive style and period is profiled by an expert in the field. Whether your preference is ragtime, the blues, bebop, or fusion,….

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Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65

Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65
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Giant Steps examines the most important figures in the creation of modern jazz, detailing the emergence of bebop through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk. Using this as its starting point, the book subsequently delves into the developments of jazz composition, modal jazz, and free jazz. The music of each of these great masters is examined in detail and will provide both a fine introduction for the large audience newly attracted to the music but unsure of their direction through it, as well as an entertaining and informative read for those with a more….

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