This artist may be best known as the author of a book whose concept was playing jazz based on scales rather than chord changes — a theory that helped pave the way for the modal revolutions of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Who is he?
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Four powerful quotes to remember…In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. […] Continue reading »
“Reminiscing in Tempo” is part of a continuing effort to provide Jerry Jazz Musician readers with unique forms of “edu-tainment.” As often as possible, Jerry Jazz Musician poses one question via e mail to a small number of prominent and diverse people. The question is designed to provoke a lively response that will potentially include the memories and/or opinion of those solicited.
This edition asks the question “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz record albums of the 1960’s?” Respondents include the musicians Vijay Iyer, Warren Wolf, Jane Ira Bloom, Don Byron, Robin Eubanks, and journalists Gary Giddins, Dan Morgenstern, Terry Teachout, John Goodman and lots more… […] Continue reading »
Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40′s and ‘50′s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition features teenagers of the 1950′s enjoying their music! […] Continue reading »
In 2005 I had the great privilege of interviewing the eminent music biographer Peter Guralnick, who, at the time had just published Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. To this day, that book remains one of the most entertaining, educational, memorable, and thoroughly enjoyable in my library. This certainly wasn’t a fluke — his book on Elvis Presley is acknowledged by most serious critics as being the ultimate Presley biography, with New York Times critic Gerald Marzorati describing it as “the finest rock-and-roll biography ever written.” In Sunday’s Times, writer Larry Rohter reports that seven of Guralnick’s books, including the Presley and Cooke biographies, “are being reissued this year and next in ‘enhanced e-book’ editions that include video and audio material and, in some cases, new chapters on figures like Jerry Lee Lewis and Delbert McClinton.”
This type of publishing seems like an obvious advancement and is one that may actually entice me to make that long-delayed tablet purchase. Merging audio and video content with written material has long been imagined, and puts into the hands of the reader an ultimate merging of education and entertainment — what I like to refer to as “edu-tainment.”
Rohter writes: “Mr. Guralnick’s e-book project is a particularly ambitious example of what […] Continue reading »