Jazz Bass Artists Of The 1950s

Jazz Bass Artists Of The 1950s

by Dave Hunt
     
 

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As the ultimate resource on 1950s jazz bass artistry, this work explores the musical, creative and artistic contributions of 15 jazz bass masters of the straight-ahead era: big-name bassists Oscar Pettiford, Ray Brown, Milt Hinton, Paul Chambers, Leroy Vinnegar, Red Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Doug Watkins and Sam Jones, as well as bassists deserving wider

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As the ultimate resource on 1950s jazz bass artistry, this work explores the musical, creative and artistic contributions of 15 jazz bass masters of the straight-ahead era: big-name bassists Oscar Pettiford, Ray Brown, Milt Hinton, Paul Chambers, Leroy Vinnegar, Red Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Doug Watkins and Sam Jones, as well as bassists deserving wider recognition: Eddie Safranski, George Duvivier, Wendell Marshall, Jimmy Woode, Joe Benjamin and Arvell Shaw. A chapter on each reveals the various factors that combined to bring about his lasting stylistic achievements.

But more than mere history, this in-depth work is, first and foremost, about the music, whether bebop, hard bop, blues, or standards interpretation. Features include a timeline and biographic overview of each player's professional life and career; a carefully considered listing of each bassist's greatest recorded performances; and reviews of 71 of the artists' finest but little-known solos that never received their due acclaim. Chuck Stewart and Ray Avery shot the full-page portraits of each jazz master.

"Jazz Bass Artists of the 1950s" is for today's jazz bass players as a model for jazz bass artistry. It is also a key resource for devoted jazz listeners seeking to expand their appreciation and enjoyment of the art with invaluable jazz background information.

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Magazine of the International Society of Bassists Bass World
"Jazz Bass Artists of the 1950s" is a great new source about 15 of the most prominent jazz bassists from that decade. Author Dave Hunt knowledgeably and respectfully presents extensive historical and musical information about the well-known bass giants of that era.... The book's organization is first rate.... This 280-page book is a treasure and will be enjoyed by those who are unfamiliar with the music of these artists and those who have extensive familiarity with them. I am excited about his addition to the literature and look forward to delving into suggested recordings and using the book as a means to further explore these inspirational bassists. (Bob Sinicrope, jazz bassist, Milton Academy Jazz Director, a Jazz Education Network board member and instructor at Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops)
Bass World, Magazine of the International Society of Bassists - Bob Sinicrope, jazz bassist, Milton Academy Jazz Director, a Jazz Education Network board member and ins
"Jazz Bass Artists of the 1950s" is a great new source about 15 of the most prominent jazz bassists from that decade. Author Dave Hunt knowledgeably and respectfully presents extensive historical and musical information about the well-known bass giants of that era.... The book's organization is first rate.... This 280-page book is a treasure and will be enjoyed by those who are unfamiliar with the music of these artists and those who have extensive familiarity with them. I am excited about his a

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982312360
Publisher:
Cranston Publications
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
0.59(w) x 11.00(h) x 8.25(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

What People are saying about this

Jonas Lohse
Dave Hunt has thoroughly collected lots of stories and biographical notes on the most important bassists of the post-war era. With its timelines, tables and recommended listening lists, this book is a great resource for every jazz bass freak. (Jonas Lohse, unique source of news and information related to the double bass via his double bass website)
Harvie S
Love the book and have found it very useful in my private teaching at the Manhattan School of Music. It is a great way to appreciate the rich history of the bass in that very important musical period. I also learned a lot from this book. Great work. (Harvie S, Professor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music and an award-winning composer, arranger, bassist and producer)
John Goldsby
A fantastic book. It is similar to my "Jazz Bass Book" extremely - well done. I will be recommending this one on my website. (John Goldsby, author of "The Jazz Bass Book: Technique and Tradition" and columnist for "Bass Player" magazine)
Mark Neuenschwander
As an educator and bassist, I love the book. I emailed many colleagues about its existence.
—Mark Neuenschwander (adjunct professor: Jazz Studies Program, University of South Florida School of Music; St. Petersburg College; Eckerd College; the Pinellas County Center for the Arts)

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