'Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis

'Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis
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From 1975 to 1981 the jazz giant Miles Davis temporarily retired from music. Almost completely reclusive, nobody outside of a very close circle knew what was happening to him. Only one jazz writer was able to get close to him during this time: Eric Nisenson. From 1978 to 1981 Nisenson conducted dozens of interviews with Miles Davis and his associates. The result was ‘Round About Midnight, an engaging firsthand account of Miles’s fascinating and difficult career. From his recordings with Charlie Parker and the birth of the cool nonet, through the Coltrane quintet, the Gil Evans–arranged masterpieces of the sixties,….

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All About Drums: A Fun and Simple Guide to Playing Drums

All About Drums: A Fun and Simple Guide to Playing Drums
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(Drum Instruction). Have you struggled through tedious lessons and boring instruction books in your desire to learn to play the drumset? If you wish there was a fun and engaging way to motivate you in your drumset playing quest, then this is it: All About Drums is for you. Whether it’s learning to read music, playing by ear, creating your own beats, or all of the above, this enjoyable guide will help you to finally start playing the beats and fills to your favorite songs in many different styles. Plus, learn interesting tid-bits on drumset makes & models, care and….

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Sticks 'n' Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming

Sticks 'n' Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming
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Discover the heartbeat of music in this 560 page full color coffee table book. Sticks ‘n’ Skins is dedicated to late drumming photographer Lissa Wales and opens with a tribute to her work. Illuminating the eclectic world of drumming over the past 70 years, the book features never-before-seen photos and stories of legendary artists including Louie Bellson (Benny Goodman), Steve Gadd (Barbra Streisand), Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan), Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley), Ginger Baker (Cream), Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Anton Fig (Late Night with David Letterman), Nigel Olsson (Elton John), Chad Smith (The Red Hot….

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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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Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers

Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers
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A jazz writer for three decades, W. Royal Stokes has a special talent for capturing the initial spark that launches a musician’s career. In Growing Up With Jazz , he has interviewed twenty-four instrumentalists and singers who talk candidly about the early influences that started them on the road to jazz and where that road has taken them. Stokes offers a kaleidoscopic look at the jazz scene, featuring musicians from a dazzling array of backgrounds. Ray Gelato recalls the life of a working class youth in London, Patrizia Scascitelli recounts being a child prodigy in Rome who became the first….

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All About Trumpet BK/CD

All About Trumpet: A Fun and Simple Guide to Playing Trumpet
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(Trumpet Instruction). If you wish there were a fun and engaging way to motivate you in your trumpet-playing quest, then you’ve found it All About Trumpet is for you! Whether you want to learn about reading music, playing in a band, finding the right instrument, or all of the above, this enjoyable guide will help you finally start playing your favorite songs in many different styles. Includes interesting tidbits on trumpet gear, care and maintenance, and other fun stuff about the trumpet. The CD contains song demos and practice exercises. Features hits from the Beatles; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Miles….

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