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Which jazz book are you reading right now?

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Delighted to get hold of a copy of this one. Especially with a new Taylor release on the horizon.

Board member Clifford gets another honourable mention in the text.

Tadd Dameron bio also on order and arriving in a couple of days. Slowly working my way through the list of books I needed to get.  :)

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On 12/29/2020 at 11:00 AM, BillF said:

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I read that one. Fascinating information about his earlier years and career. Not quite so good, I thought, about his full-time band leading career from 1966 onwards.  But overall a good read.  

 

Reading now:

 

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Mark Miller is a fine writer. 

 

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3 minutes ago, John Tapscott said:

Reading now:

 

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Mark Miller is a fine writer. 

 

I enjoyed his book about Claude Ranger and this Sonny Greenwich bio is definitely on my list.

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2 hours ago, John Tapscott said:

I read that one. Fascinating information about his earlier years and career. Not quite so good, I thought, about his full-time band leading career from 1966 onwards.  But overall a good read.  

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, Buddy's later story became more a list of gigs, etc. (What, Ronnie's again!) I guess as with most people routine set in, leaving, sadly, the only drama his health crises. :(

Interesting to read the author's take on stories I'd heard as word of mouth when they happened, e.g. Buddy's accelerating anger as they travelled further and further from London into the depths of the countryside to reach the Maltings gig. Also, his deathbed humour about being allergic to country music was good to hear again. :lol:

All in all, what a f-----g character!

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Today, I ordered Eric Nisenson's book, Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World Improvisation (Da Capo, 2000).  

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Looking forward to reading it. 

Has anyone read it?  If so, I'd love to hear your impressions.

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Jon-Gordon-Jazz-Dialogues-feature-1200x8 I am currently reading this book, which follows his excellent biography (For Sue) of his mother and his own unusual life growing up with a single, unstable parent. This collection of interviews and remembrances is fairly freewheeling, where the interviews seem transcribed with little editing, though he does ask insightful questions that a non-musician might overlook. Part of the value of the book is that in addition to talking to many greats, sometimes in a brief recollection of a long ago conversation versus a recorded interview, Gordon also chats with a number of deserving artists who are under the radar. 

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8 minutes ago, Ken Dryden said:

Jon-Gordon-Jazz-Dialogues-feature-1200x8 I am currently reading this book, which follows his excellent biography (For Sue) of his mother and his own unusual life growing up with a single, unstable parent. This collection of interviews and remembrances is fairly freewheeling, where the interviews seem transcribed with little editing, though he does ask insightful questions that a non-musician might overlook. Part of the value of the book is that in addition to talking to many greats, sometimes in a brief recollection of a long ago conversation versus a recorded interview, Gordon also chats with a number of deserving artists who are under the radar. 

That looks very interesting, Ken.  Thanks for the heads-up!  :tup 

 

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Picked up both of Derrick Bang’s two new books about TV/movie crime and spy jazz after Christmas and am pretty deep into the first volume. Very in-depth:

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On 1/17/2021 at 0:00 PM, BillF said:

Yes, Buddy's later story became more a list of gigs, etc. (What, Ronnie's again!) I guess as with most people routine set in, leaving, sadly, the only drama his health crises. :(

Interesting to read the author's take on stories I'd heard as word of mouth when they happened, e.g. Buddy's accelerating anger as they travelled further and further from London into the depths of the countryside to reach the Maltings gig. Also, his deathbed humour about being allergic to country music was good to hear again. :lol:

All in all, what a f-----g character!

Check out Mel Torme’s bio of Buddy Rich.

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1 hour ago, Ken Dryden said:

Check out Mel Torme’s bio of Buddy Rich.

Thanks Ken. Just reserved a library copy.

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On 1/21/2021 at 8:49 PM, HutchFan said:

Today, I ordered Eric Nisenson's book, Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World Improvisation (Da Capo, 2000).  

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Looking forward to reading it. 

Has anyone read it?  If so, I'd love to hear your impressions.

Read it back in the day, found it disappointing overall, although he gave a better hearing to the Milestone records than did most critics of the time.

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7 minutes ago, JSngry said:

Read it back in the day, found it disappointing overall, although he gave a better hearing to the Milestone records than did most critics of the time.

Bummer.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll have a different take.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'm glad he doesn't dismiss the Milestone stuff out of hand.  

I liked Nisenson's Trane bio, Ascension: John Coltrane And His Quest.  It's not mind-blowingly good.  But it's good.

 

While we're talking about Sonny Rollins books... 

Has anyone read this one?

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Richard Palmer - Sonny Rollins: The Cutting Edge (Continuum, 2004)

Just curious.

 

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5 hours ago, ghost of miles said:

Picked up both of Derrick Bang’s two new books about TV/movie crime and spy jazz after Christmas and am pretty deep into the first volume. Very in-depth:

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That's something I might be very interested in. Thanks for pointing it out.

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On 04/08/2018 at 11:50 PM, ghost of miles said:

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I'm currently reading this one, after a number of positive mentions here.

I am really impressed by it so far. 

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Getting ready to start this one:

 

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On 11/23/2020 at 11:24 PM, HutchFan said:

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This one. 

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35 minutes ago, BlueSpirits said:

About 100 pages in, and it is a gem.

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A classic!  Many years since I read it... I'd like to revisit it at some point.

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Is there a thread anywhere on this forum discussing what a good jazz library might include? I.e., the canonical jazz texts and/or personal favourite jazz books? For listeners and students, rather than musicians.

It seems like there should have been one already. I've tried various searches and can't find. 

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12 hours ago, Rabshakeh said:

Is there a thread anywhere on this forum discussing what a good jazz library might include? I.e., the canonical jazz texts and/or personal favourite jazz books? For listeners and students, rather than musicians.

It seems like there should have been one already. I've tried various searches and can't find. 

I cannot recall such a "general" thread either (though as you say there must be one)
That would certainly make an interesting topic, but I'll guarantee that it will fast evolve into a sort of "name dopping" of almost any jazz book imaginable. Because not only tastes and stylistic preferences and focuses on artists but also approaches to "reading up on jazz" differ widely. Not least of all because jazz has become a very wide field.
I know that there are jazz books that I consider mandatory that others would shrug off with a "YMMV". And I'd probably react the same way with some of the firm favorites of others. Like most everyone, I guess.
But it would be interesting anyway because it wil enable everyone to comment on the books and/or even give a personal "review".
If you should start such a thread ;) remember to provide for different categories (introductory or "advanced" books, biographies, history books, pictorial books, books on specific styles or periods of jazz, regional topics, books linking jazz and society/sociology questions, and certainly many other criteria too). ^_^

 

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12 hours ago, Rabshakeh said:

Is there a thread anywhere on this forum discussing what a good jazz library might include? I.e., the canonical jazz texts and/or personal favourite jazz books? For listeners and students, rather than musicians.

It seems like there should have been one already. I've tried various searches and can't find. 

There are now so many books on jazz that compiling such a list would be a virtually impossible task. Almost unbelievably, there was a time when I used to say, more or less accurately, that I'd read every book that had ever been written about jazz, but that is now 60 years ago. Today's picture, where there are multiple biographies of major artists was then unimaginable.

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On 08/03/2021 at 8:52 AM, Big Beat Steve said:

If you should start such a thread ;) remember to provide for different categories (introductory or "advanced" books, biographies, history books, pictorial books, books on specific styles or periods of jazz, regional topics, books linking jazz and society/sociology questions, and certainly many other criteria too). ^_^

I've been trying to think of a taxonomy for such a thread, but, to be honest, I scared myself off.

If anyone else fancies it, by all means, go for it: there's no copyright in an idea. But too big for me.

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1 hour ago, GA Russell said:

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Can't make out what this book is in your miniature picture.

I have this one on my shelf:

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4 hours ago, BillF said:

Can't make out what this book is in your miniature picture.

Looks like it is that ‘Jeru’ biography of Mulligan, a relatively recent book.

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