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John Coltrane: His Life and Music (Michigan American Music)

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John Coltrane was a key figure in jazz, a pioneer in world music, and an intensely emotional force whose following continues to grow. This new biography, the first by a professional jazz scholar and performer, presents a huge amount of never-before-published material, including interviews with Coltrane, photos, genealogical documents, and innovative musical analysis that offers a fresh view of Coltrane's genius.

Compiled from scratch with the assistance of dozens of Coltrane's colleagues, friends, and family, John Coltrane: His Life and Music corrects numerous errors from previous biographies. The significant people in Coltrane's life were reinterviewed, yielding new insights; some were interviewed for the first time ever.

The musical analysis, which is accessible to the nonspecialist, makes its own revelations--for example, that some of Coltrane's well-known pieces are based on previously unrecognized sources. The Appendix is the most detailed chronology of Coltrane's performing career ever compiled, listing scores of previously unknown performances from the 1940s and early 1950s.

Coltrane has become a musical inspiration for thousands of fans and musicians and a personal inspiration to as many more. For all of these, Porter's book will become the definitive resource--a reliable guide to the events of Coltrane's life and an insightful look into his musical practices.

". . . well researched, musically knowledgeable, and enormously interesting to read. Porter is a jazz scholar with deep knowledge of the tradition he is studying, both conceptually and technically." --Richard Crawford, University of Michigan

"Lewis Porter is a meticulous person with love and respect for Afro-American classical music. I applaud this definitive study of my friend John Coltrane's life adn achievements." --Jimmy Heath, jazz saxophonist, composer, educator

Lewis Porter is Associate Professor of Music, Rutgers University in Newark. A leading jazz scholar, he is the author of Jazz Readings from a Century of Change and coauthor of Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present. He was a project consultant on The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Historical Reissue, and an editor and assisting author of the definitive Coltrane discography by Y. Fujioka.
 

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A definitive assessment of the life and work of jazz musician John Coltrane, based on new interviews with his colleagues and never-before-published material

Synopsis:

Praise for Lester Young:

". . . a schematic of unparalleled insight and detail."

---Down Beat

"A monumental work."

---Dizzy Gillespie

". . . a major contribution to jazz scholarship . . . for its illumination of Lester Young's music and for setting the biographical record straight."

---Dan Morgenstern

Several new biographies of Lester Young have been published in the years since Lewis Porter's Lester Young first appeared, but none have supplanted or even attempted the in-depth study that Porter brings to his subject's music. With the same care and scholarship that characterized his John Coltrane, Porter analyzes the music that made Lester Young "the most original tenor sax in jazz."

In addition to helping us understand Lester Young's playing and stylistic evolution, Porter's analysis demonstrates that Young's playing at the end of his career did not mark a serious decline over his earlier style, as many critics have claimed.

Synopsis:

A definitive assessment of the life and work of jazz musician John Coltrane.

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ISBN:
9780472086436
Author:
Porter, Lewis
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
History & Criticism - By Composer
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Coltrane, john, 1926-1967
Subject:
Coltrane, John
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
The Michigan American Music Series
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 BandW photograph section
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
A definitive assessment of the life and work of jazz musician John Coltrane, based on new interviews with his colleagues and never-before-published material

"Synopsis" by ,
Praise for Lester Young:

". . . a schematic of unparalleled insight and detail."

---Down Beat

"A monumental work."

---Dizzy Gillespie

". . . a major contribution to jazz scholarship . . . for its illumination of Lester Young's music and for setting the biographical record straight."

---Dan Morgenstern

Several new biographies of Lester Young have been published in the years since Lewis Porter's Lester Young first appeared, but none have supplanted or even attempted the in-depth study that Porter brings to his subject's music. With the same care and scholarship that characterized his John Coltrane, Porter analyzes the music that made Lester Young "the most original tenor sax in jazz."

In addition to helping us understand Lester Young's playing and stylistic evolution, Porter's analysis demonstrates that Young's playing at the end of his career did not mark a serious decline over his earlier style, as many critics have claimed.

"Synopsis" by , A definitive assessment of the life and work of jazz musician John Coltrane.
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