These pieces display the innovative style of the late, great jazz master Bill Evans including his highly original harmonic and melodic concept, his creative sense of rhythmic subdivision and his free-flowing phrase construction. Titles are: Autumn Leaves
Anyone who knows R. Crumb's work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the trading card sets he created in the early-to-mid 1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exlcusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself.
Crosby, Vallee, Columbo. They are their own trinity. Bing is the universal dad. Rudy the misbehaving son. "That leaves Russ. The holy ghost."
New York, 1931: The curtain falls on the Ziegfeld Follies, a victim of the rising popularity of talking pictures; Rudy Vallee, radio's wildly popular " Vagabond Lover, " worries that increasingly sophisticated microphones and Hollywood-minted heartthrobs will make his megaphone-amplified vocals passe; a pugnacious, hard-drinking baritone named Bing Crosby cleans up his act, preparing to take America by storm on CBS radio; and handsome twenty-three-year-old Russ Columbo, a former violinist dating a Ziegfeld girl, makes his debut on NBC radio.
In an America poised to take its dominant place on the world stage, the Crooner points the way forward. With his heated core of sex appeal wrapped in well-tailored layers of cool distance and cigarette smoke, the Crooner brings something new to the country's self-image: this is no Yankee-Doodle Dandy, but a suave and seductive figure, sophisticated as any European, flush with youthful strength and energy. It's all there in his voice, his croon: a soft, intimate, sensual form of singing that combines jazz sensibilities with the smooth and danceable rhythms of the Big Band sound and Swing.
But who would embody the new archetype? Vallee crooned too soon. That left Crosby and Columbo to duel it out over the airwaves. Hailed as " The Romeo of Radio" and " The Valentino of Song, " romantically linked to actresses Pola Negri and Carole Lombard, Columbo is all but forgotten today, his limitless promise cut short in a tragic and controversialaccident as he stood on the verge of winning the stardom that Crosby, his great rival, would soon achieve.
In this impressionistic tour-de-force- a musical history combining the drama of a bestselling novel and a soundtrack from the Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood- master musician and critic Lenny Kaye trains a spotlight on Columbo while crooning a love song to an earlier America- a pitch-perfect evocation of one of the most romantic, creatively exuberant periods of our past- an era whose influence still burns brightly in the music and popular culture of today.
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle AwardBilly Strayhorn (1915-67) was one of the greatest composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes such standards as Take the 'A' Train. Yet all his life Strayhorn was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator Duke Ellington, with whom he worked for three decades as the Ellington Orchestra's ace songwriter and arranger. A definitive corrective (USA Today) to decades of patchwork scholarship and journalism about this giant of jazz, David Hajdu's Lush Life is a vibrant and absorbing account of the lush life that Strayhorn and other jazz musicians led in Harlem and Paris. While composing some of the most gorgeous American music of the twentieth century, Strayhorn labored under a complex agreement whereby Ellington took the bows for his work. Until his life was tragically cut short by cancer and alcohol abuse, the small, shy composer carried himself with singular style and grace as one of the few jazzmen to be openly homosexual. Lush Life has sparked an enthusiastic revival of interest in Strayhorn's work and is already acknowledged as a jazz classic.
Jazz Theory and Practice is the most comprehensive introduction to jazz theory ever published, and the revised addition adds even more with new ear-training software and a chapter about triads over foreign bass tones. Rich with examples from the repertoire, this contemporary text gives performers, arrangers and composers practical knowledge of the theoretical foundations of jazz. The revised CD-ROM, compatible with Windows and Mac systems, includes expanded ear-training exercises and tutorials that correspond to topics and examples in the text.
Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players is a straightforward, no-nonsense improvisation series. It deals with creating melodies, using the left hand, pianistic approaches to soloing, scale choices for improvisation and much more.
Written by jazz musician Bob Mintzer, 14 Jazz & Funk Etudes presents practice and performance aids and explanations in a variety of jazz and funk styles. In addition, the books include a recording containing combo accompaniment that's ideal for practice sessions.
Along with Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby, Russ Columbo was the model crooner of the late 1920s, with a smoothly sentimental ballad style. His mellifluous but melancholy voice spoke to many Americans still drifting in the malaise after World War I and at the beginning of the depression. But unlike most crooners, Columbo not only wrote and sang songs about lovestruck dreamers but also lived out such stories, unable or unwilling to separate art from life. Based on material from the singers personal effects, including original music transcripts, photographs, diaries, and love letters, the biography also includes concise histories of the most important crooners and the controversies their theatrics often elicited.