Oklahoma City Music:: Deep Deuce and Beyond (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))

Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond (Images of America)
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Oklahoma City’s rich music history traces back to Deep Deuce, the heart of the African American community that became an important resource for national jazz and blues bands seeking talented musicians who were often classically trained. Two icons and many legends are among the famous sons and daughters who lived in this cultural Mecca. Oklahoma City’s Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond details the birth and growth of music in Oklahoma City’s African American community from the 1920s until the late 1990s. Musical influences of families and individuals, venues, dance, and fashion blend with new-era traditions such as parades, jam sessions,….

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Music Is My Mistress (Da Capo Paperback)

Music Is My Mistress (Da Capo Paperback)
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”Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.” This is the story of Duke Ellington—the story of Jazz itself. Told in his own way, in his own words, a symphony written by the King of Jazz. His story spans and defines a half-century of modern music.This man who created over 1500 compositions was as much at home in Harlem’s Cotton Club in the ‘20s as he was at a White House birthday celebration in his honor in the ‘60s. For Duke knew everyone and savored them all. Passionate about his music and the people who made….

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A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music

A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music
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Founded in 1965 and still active today, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an American institution with an international reputation. George E. Lewis, who joined the collective as a teenager in 1971, establishes the full importance and vitality of the AACM with this communal history, written with a symphonic sweep that draws on a cross-generational chorus of voices and a rich collection of rare images.Moving from Chicago to New York to Paris, and from founding member Steve McCall’s kitchen table to Carnegie Hall, A Power Stronger Than Itself uncovers a vibrant, multicultural universe and brings to….

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Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965

Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965
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It’s nineteen fifty-something, in a dark, cramped, smoke-filled room. Everyone’s wearing black. And on-stage a tenor is blowing his heart out, a searching, jagged saxophone journey played out against a moody, walking bass and the swish of a drummer’s brushes. To a great many listeners–from African American aficionados of the period to a whole new group of fans today–this is the very embodiment of jazz. It is also quintessential hard bop. In this, the first thorough study of the subject, jazz expert and enthusiast David H. Rosenthal vividly examines the roots, traditions, explorations and permutations, personalities and recordings of a….

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Gil Evans: Out of the Cool: His Life and Music

Gil Evans: Out of the Cool: His Life and Music
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The life (1912–1988) and career of Gil Evans paralleled and often foreshadowed the quickly changing world of jazz through the 20th century. Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is the comprehensive biography of a self-taught musician whom colleagues often regarded as a mentor. His innovative work as a composer, arranger, and bandleader—for Miles Davis, with whom he frequently collaborated over the course of four decades, and for his own ensembles—places him alongside Duke Ellington and Aaron Copland as one of the giants of American music. His unflagging creativity galvanized the most prominent jazz musicians in the world, both black and….

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The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991 (Jazz Perspectives)

The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991 (Jazz Perspectives)
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“Cole does for Miles’s late work what Ian MacDonald’s Revolution in the Head does for the Beatles, examining each album in meticulous detail.”  ―Time Out“As with any good musical biography, Cole . . . made me think again about those albums such as Siesta, You’re Under Arrest, and The Man with the Horn that are now stashed in my attic.”―London Times“In the flurry of books since [Miles Davis’s] death, none has dealt in depth with the music of this period. Music writer George Cole fills this gap. . . . a rich and rewarding read.”―Gazette (Montreal)“A fascinating book.”―Mojo“A singular look….

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The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People

The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People
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Francis Davis’s The History of the Blues is a groundbreaking rethinking of the blues that fearlessly examines how race relations have altered perceptions of the music. Tracing its origins from the Mississippi Delta to its amplification in Chicago right after World War II, Davis argues for an examination of the blues in its own right, not just as a precursor to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. The lives of major figures such as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly, in addition to contemporary artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray, are examined and skillfully woven into a riveting,….

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Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis

Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis
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This book reassesses Miles Davis’ “electric period” and analyzes its continuing influence on contemporary music. While jazz purists often revile this phase ¯ which encompasses the entire second half of his career, from 1967 until his death in 1991 ¯ this book takes a new, appreciative look at this music and shows its importance to Davis’ career and to jazz as a whole. The author also reveals surprising connections between Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, particularly the ways they fed each other’s creativity. This book will stir up the longtime debate about this important music and give Davis’ legions….

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The Melodic and Polyrhythmic Development of John Coltrane's Spontaneous Composition in a Racist Society (Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music, V. 54)

The Melodic and Polyrhythmic Development of John Coltrane's Spontaneous Composition in a Racist Society (Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music, V. 54)
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Centring on an essential relationship between the spontaneous compositions of John Coltrane’s late period, this text posits this with his musical evolution from his formative years to the end of his career, his spiritual development, and the socioculture in which he lived and created. In consequence of this interdependence, this book argues that racism in American society had a significant negative impact upon the music of this African-American composer and his musical colleagues.

Keep On Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-hop

Keep On Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-hop
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The marriage of music and social change didn’t originate with the movements for civil rights and Black Power in the 1950s and 1960s, but never before and never again was the relationship between the two so dynamic. In Keep On Pushing, author Denise Sullivan presents the voices of musician-activists from this pivotal era and the artists who followed in their footsteps to become the force behind contemporary liberation music. Joining authentic voices with a bittersweet narrative covering more than fifty years of fighting oppression through song, Keep On Pushing defines the soundtrack to revolution and the price the artists paid to create….

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