Thinking in Jazz : The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series)

Thinking in Jazz : The Infinite Art of Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series)
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A landmark in jazz studies, Thinking in Jazz reveals as never before how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling leading musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice, Paul Berliner documents the lifetime of preparation that lies behind the skilled improviser’s every idea.The product of more than fifteen years of immersion in the jazz world, Thinking in Jazz combines participant observation with detailed musicological analysis, the author’s experience as a jazz trumpeter, interpretations of published material by scholars and performers, and, above all, original data from interviews with more than….

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Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory (Studies in African American History and Culture)

Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory (Studies in African American History and Culture)
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This book explores the relationship between three African American women’s dance-art-music sensibilities within the context of a Pan African aesthetic. Its purpose is three-fold: to show commonalities between Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone’s lives and original compositions; to codify, examine and evaluate their selected song performances in accordance with the Pan African aesthetic “Nzuri theory/model;” and to illuminate the vast sources of transformational values that aesthetic analysis of African American song performance can foster. Following concordant procedures and principles of Afrocentricity, the study focuses on Smith, Holiday and Simone’s performances as part of a whole African artistic and….

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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 Recordings….

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Miles and Me (George Gund Foundation Book in African American Studies)

Miles and Me
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Quincy Troupe’s candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an intimate study of a unique relationship. It is also an engrossing chronicle of the author’s own development, both artistic and personal. As Davis’s collaborator on Miles: The Autobiography,Troupe–one of the major poets to emerge from the 1960s–had exceptional access to the musician. This memoir goes beyond the life portrayed in the autobiography to describe in detail the processes of Davis’s spectacular creativity and the joys and difficulties his passionate, contradictory temperament posed to the men’s friendship. It shows how Miles….

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Harlem Jazz Adventures: A European Baron's Memoir, 1934-1969 (Studies in Jazz)

Harlem Jazz Adventures: A European Baron's Memoir, 1934-1969 (Studies in Jazz)
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Timme Rosenkrantz (1911–1969) was a Danish journalist, author, concert and record producer, radio show host, and entrepreneur with a consuming passion for jazz and little head for business. Known in Denmark and New York as the “Jazz Baron” because of his noble lineage, he was the first European journalist to cover the jazz scene in Harlem. Harlem Jazz Adventures: A European Baron’s Memoir, 1934–1969 recounts Rosenkrantz’s happy years in New York City, where he would produce jazz concerts, record top musicians and bands in his midtown apartment, organize a “dream band” for Timme Rosenkrantz and His Barrelhouse Barons, a 1938….

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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.

20 Progressive Fingerstyle Studies for Uke

20 Progressive Fingerstyle Studies for Uke
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This collection of 20 fingerstyle studies for the ukelele is written for uke players looking to expand their prowess on the instrument. The studies cover a vast array of styles and genres as wide-ranging as blues, jazz, minimalism and serialism, showcasing the versatility of the instrument. Each study is designed to be fundamentally pedagogical while simultaneously written with performance and expression in mind. The studies touch on arpeggios, scales, modes, ii-V-I chord sequences, strumming, syncopation, campanella fingerings, improvisation, hammer-ons and pull-offs. Exercises are designed to build technique in both hands. Mastery of these studies will equip the ukulele player with….

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Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry (George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies)

Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry
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Compelling from cover to cover, this is the story of one of the most recorded and beloved jazz trumpeters of all time. With unsparing honesty and a superb eye for detail, Clark Terry, born in 1920, takes us from his impoverished childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where jazz could be heard everywhere, to the smoke-filled small clubs and carnivals across the Jim Crow South where he got his start, and on to worldwide acclaim. Terry takes us behind the scenes of jazz history as he introduces scores of legendary greats―Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Doc Severinsen, Ray….

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