Jazz History and Criticism
The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time
Hardcover ISBN: 0634074164
Handy resource for Jazz listeners and hardcore fans. Spanning players from eighty years of history, this bold book steps forward and claims who are the greatest. Compiled from an extensive survey conducted with the best jazz minds in the education, publishing and entertainment worlds, noted jazz journalist Gene Rizzo summarized the chosen and presents a concise bio on the essence of these jazz giants. Choices were made on the basis of chops, originality, creativity, and degree of influence. This book will either confirm some readers' opinions or open debate with others, but ultimately the book provides an impressive summary of the greatest jazz piano players of all time. * A photo accompanies each listing * Landmark recordings are listed * Extra lists include the next twenty to be selected, the top women players and an alphabetical list of all the other players considered
Three Piano Rags
Alfred Masterwork Edition
Paperback ISBN: 0739015303
A collection of Scott Joplin's three most popular ragsÂ—Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer and Solace. Maurice Hinson has contributed his knowledge and expertise to create an edition that will help the pianist perform ragtime music in a stylistcially appropriate manner
The Baby Dodds Story
As Told to Larry Gara
Paperback ISBN: 1888408081
Born in New Orleans in 1894, Warren "Baby" Dodds became one of the greatest drummers of that city's early jazz tradition. This lively autobiography, first published more than 30 years ago and long unavailable, is the result of a series of interviews Dodds taped with Larry Gara a few years before his death in 1959. With disarming candor, Dodds recalls his remarkable musical career, which spanned more than four decades and took him from New Orleans' famed Storyville district to Mississippi riverboats, to Chicago and New York. Dodds performed and recorded with some of the most famous musicians of his time - King Oliver, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, among others - and his recollections of these men and the music they created add much to our knowledge of jazz history. Dodds also discusses his own style and philosophy of music, revealing himself as a dedicated artist who placed a high value on craftsmanship, versatility and originality, and whose love of the jazz world never waned. Features 12 pages of photos and a Dodds discography.
Gil Evans-Out of the Cool
His Life and Music
Hardcover ISBN: 1556524250
Upon Gil Evans’s death in 1988, Gary Giddins wrote, “Many considered him the greatest living American composer, period.” After his early years in California, Evans settled in New York City in 1946, where his apartment became a meeting ground for the greatest jazz innovators. The result was the “Birth of the Cool” scores, Evans’s four-decade-long collaboration with Miles Davis, and a host of brilliant records, both with Davis and with his own ensembles. Written with the cooperation of Evans’s friends, colleagues, and family, Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is an authoritative portrait.
Strazzatonic Original Jazz Piano Solos
Paperback ISBN: 0739026437
Original jazz piano solos that are a pleasure to perform. Intended as an aid to advanced piano players who wish to increase their knowledge in technique and harmony. Particular emphasis is placed on voicings in 4ths and minor 11th chords.
Play and Learn : Book 1 : Teacher Edition
Paperback ISBN: 0769218709
Play and Learn is an exciting method to learn the art of jazz improvisation---for individual study or classroom use with an entire jazz ensemble. Through the use of recorded jazz tracks (70 on the CDs included), sequenced concepts involving exercises, licks and mini-charts, plus structured lessons, a student can acquire improvisation skills.
Deep in a Dream
The Long Night of Chet Baker
Hardcover ISBN: 0679442871
An intriguing portrait of Chet Baker describes the jazz legend's hardscrabble Oklahoma youth, his rise to success in the world of jazz, his long-time addiction to heroin, and his mysterious 1988 death falling from an Amsterdam hotel window. 25,000 first printing.