Jazz A-B-Z

Jazz A-B-Z

Book - 2005
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Profiles twenty-six of the jazz greats of all time, from Count Basie to Louis Armstrong, through a review of their work, their life stories, and their greatest hits by one of today's top jazz performers. A is for "almighty" Louis Armstrong, whose amazing artistry unfolds in an accumulative poem shaped like the letter he stands for. As for sax master Sonny Rollins, whose "robust style radiates roundness, " could there be a better tribute than a poetic rondeau? In an extraordinary feat, Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz composer Wynton Marsalis harmonizes his love and knowledge of jazz's most celebrated artists with an astounding diversity of poetic forms-from simple blues (Count Basie) to a complex pantoum (Charlie Parker), from a tender sonnet (Sarah Vaughan) to a performance poem snapping the rhythms of Art Blakey to life.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763621353
0763621358
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 x 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Schaap, Phil
Rogers, Paul 1957-

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KCLSRecommends Mar 31, 2014

This attractive tome (by one of jazz's finest trumpeters) not only is a clever way to learn the A-B-Cs but is full of many forms of poetry and the history of great musicians, too! Such imaginative alliteration as well, writing about each great jazz artist by primarily using each successive letter of the alphabet -- such as: "Charlie Parker plays perfect music. Pithy passionate phrases proclaim peace, pride, pain... Perhaps he'll punctuate popular pieces with prestissimo psychological possibilities..." !

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