19 posts in the category: Norman Vickers
Book Review: 'Pressed for All Time' by Michael Jarrett
PRESSED FOR ALL TIME: Producing the Great Jazz Albums From Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday To Miles Davis and Diana Krall ©Michael Jarrett, 2016 University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill pp. 303 with index Michael Jarrett is a published author and jazz authority as well as an English professor at Pennsylvania State University at York, Pa. … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Pressed for All Time’ by Michael Jarrett"...
Book Review: 'King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue'
KING OF JAZZ: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue By James Layton and David Pierce Media History Press 1725 Grand View Ave. Severn, MD 21144 ©2016, pp. 303 This elegant book, 8 ¾ x 11”, comes at a time when the 1930 early Technicolor movie about Paul Whiteman and his band is undergoing a revival. The authors … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue’"...
Book Review: 'Travels with Louis' by Mick Carlon
Travels with Louis By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press LLC © 2012 pp.245, paperback, 5”X7½” This is the second book of its kind by author Mick Carlon. His previous book, Riding on Duke’s Train was about a young African-American boy who is befriended by Duke Ellington and is invited on tour. This book has a similar … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Travels with Louis’ by Mick Carlon"...
Book Review: 'Love for Sale: Pop Music in America' by David Hajdu
LOVE FOR SALE: Pop Music in America David Hajdu Farrar, Strauss and Giroux ©2016 pp. 307 with end notes and index Author of this book, David Hajdu, is a professor of journalism at Columbia University. He’s music critic for The Nation as well as a songwriter and librettist. His biography of Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Love for Sale: Pop Music in America’ by David Hajdu"...
Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff's 'Bop Apocalypse'
Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats & Drugs By Martin Torgoff Da Capo Press ©2016, pp. 393 with bibliography and end notes Martin Torgoff—journalist, author and film-maker—has taken a unique point of view in this book. He has covered the use of recreational and hence illegal drugs in the U. S. since the 1920s until … Continue reading "Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff’s ‘Bop Apocalypse’"...
CD Review: 'Ain't That Right!' by Adrian Cunningham
ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti Arbors Records © 2014 There’s a saying, “Any book is new until you’ve read it.” This could apply to recordings as well. Here’s a CD from 2014 from Arbors Records featuring multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham playing the music of Neal Hefti. It’s a small-group recording with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Ain’t That Right!’ by Adrian Cunningham"...
CD Review: 'Summer Breeze' by Greg Murphy
SUMMER BREEZE Greg Murphy, piano Whaling City Sound, New Bedford, MA Greg Murphy is a seasoned pianist and composer who has assembled a great team for this, his fourth CD as leader. It’s a mix of jazz compositions by outstanding artists as well as Murphy’s own well-honed compositions. Trio work includes bassist Eric Wheeler and … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Summer Breeze’ by Greg Murphy"...
Book/CD Review: '12 Preludes for Solo Guitar'
12 Preludes for Solo Guitar By Ken Hatfield Music Book and CD Arthur Circle Music While Ken Hatfield’s 12 preludes aren’t exactly in the jazz category, they are lovely pieces in themselves as well as a didactic exercise for guitar student at intermediate or advanced level. Personal disclosure, Hatfield has been a performer at Pensacola’s … Continue reading "Book/CD Review: ’12 Preludes for Solo Guitar’"...
Book Review: 'Anatomy of a Song'
Anatomy of A Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed, Rock, R&B and Pop By Marc Myers Grove Press, New York © 2016, pp.223 For those who aren’t previously acquainted with this writer, Marc Myers is a trained historian who writes about jazz for the Wall Street Journal and also posts daily … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Anatomy of a Song’"...
Ken Peplowski jazz CD is charming
ENRAPTURE Capri Records, Ltd. Ken Peplowski assembled his teammates for this charming CD and chose a variety of tunes, some of which are outside the usual jazz repertoire. His musical associates were pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist Martin Wind and drummer/percussionist Matt Wilson. Of course, likely all who read this column already know that Ken is … Continue reading "Ken Peplowski jazz CD is charming"...
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