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Offline Leo K.

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2016, 03:50:12 AM »


I'm currently reading this bio of Lester Young. It's a really good weekend read with plenty of room for thought and pondering for such a musician.

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2016, 07:46:16 AM »
ekkehard jost: Free Jazz 1974



Ten chapters, near enough one per artist, this book concentrates on the music rather than biography, and was useful when I started to get into jazz of this period.

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2016, 07:51:20 AM »
Mervyn Cooke: Jazz 1998



This was useful for covering the styles of jazz from its origins to modern day (well 20 years ago!) and is a good start point for begininng to understand the various eras and key artists.

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2016, 07:52:43 AM »
Can anyone recommend any books on jazz rock / fusion?

Thanks.  :)

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2016, 12:50:15 AM »
not general, but I found this one pretty much okay:




there's this fairly new one that I plan to get - it puts (early) jazz rock in a broader context - Braxton, MEV, Circle etc:

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2016, 03:23:19 AM »
This morning I started reading Stanley Crouch's book about Charlie Parker

A very good and well researched book.  Crouch details Parker's early life better than any other Parker biographer.  I eagerly await the next volume since this one ends in tantalizing manner at the outset of his greatness.

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« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2016, 10:48:28 AM »
A very good and well researched book.  Crouch details Parker's early life better than any other Parker biographer.  I eagerly await the next volume since this one ends in tantalizing manner at the outset of his greatness.

Reminds me of the first volume of David Nice's bio of Prokofiev!  (Or, maybe not.)   8)
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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2017, 08:52:32 PM »
These are not books about Jazz, but fine novels featuring Jazz musicians. "Tracker" by Julio Cortazar and "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse.

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2017, 04:07:56 PM »


This book has quite neglected by jazz fans but I found it quite thought-provoking and I have quite a large jazz book library.


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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2017, 07:09:45 PM »
^how was jazz "murdered"?

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2018, 03:45:49 PM »
Maybe I missed it, but it looks like nobody mentioned this one. Pretty gripping stuff.

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Re: Books about jazz
« Reply #31 on: May 28, 2018, 03:11:36 AM »
All of these are probably OOP since I acquired them in the '70s, but the first 3 in particular are very good.

Bird Lives! by Ross Russell
Inside Jazz by Graham Collier
As Serious as your Life by Valerie Wilmer
From Satchmo to Miles by Leonard Feather
The Jazz Book by Joachim Berendt