Jazz Bass Artists Of The 1950s

Jazz Bass Artists Of The 1950s

by Dave Hunt
     
 

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This work explores the musical, creative and artistic contributions of 15 leading jazz bassists of the Fifties. A chapter on each one offers a timeline as well as biographical information detailing the unfolding of the player's artistic development and professional career. More than mere history, the book reveals the how's and why's behind each one's lasting stylistic…  See more details below

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This work explores the musical, creative and artistic contributions of 15 leading jazz bassists of the Fifties. A chapter on each one offers a timeline as well as biographical information detailing the unfolding of the player's artistic development and professional career. More than mere history, the book reveals the how's and why's behind each one's lasting stylistic achievements via in-depth analysis of a handful of his top recorded tracks. Taken in total, the analyses of 70 such tracks spotlight the very best jazz bass music of the period. No chapter is complete without the author's comprehensive listing of each bassist's greatest recorded performances.

Though focusing on bass artists and their music, this book is an invaluable resource of jazz background for all devoted jazz listeners seeking to expand their appreciation and enjoyment of the art. For the bassist, it identifies and dissects little-known recorded gems as key to understanding the elements of superior performance.

Editorial Reviews

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:
8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.59(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)

Meet the Author

Dave Hunt's intense involvement in jazz dates all the way back to the days when the music he writes about was being created. Not only did he hear the new sounds freshly pressed into vinyl, but he also checked out the major players in person. Today, his exploration of jazz treasures continues, as is obvious on his website, www.davehuntjazz.com.

One result of that early, direct exposure to jazz has been his most recent book, "Jazz Treasures Unearthed: Sax, Trumpet and Drum Artists and Recordings," a listener's guide to the best lost or forgotten jazz and its players. Hunt's track record also includes dozens of articles that appeared in "Coda," "Jazz Journal," "Jazz & Pop" and "Music Journal," along with numerous general jazz pieces on such artists as bassists Paul Chambers, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Oscar Pettiford, Al Stinson, George Tucker and Buster Williams; alto saxists Gary Bartz, Benny Carter, Sonny Simmons and James Spaulding; drummers Jerry Granelli, Elvin Jones and Pete LaRoca; pianists Chick Corea and Phineas Newborn, Jr., and trumpeter Booker Little. He also contributed 4 chapters to the hardcover book "Giants of Black Music," a Da Capo Press anthology edited by Pauline Rivelli and Robert Levin with a foreword by Nat Hentoff.

Hunt has played jazz professionally, taught jazz history and theory at the community college level and appeared as a jazz clinician. From the late '70s to the early '90s, his base of operations was New York City, where he served as the marketing-sales director for the internationally known Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association/New Music Distribution Service. In that role, he participated in the organization's consultation services with up-and-coming musicians, many of whom became successful, known performers.

He is currently at work on a resource guide to the Blue Note label and its major artists and recordings.

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