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Jazz Treasures Unearthed: Sax, Trumpet and Drum Artists and Recordings

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This invaluable collection of jazz artist profiles showcases 197 little-recognized, forgotten or underappreciated jazz recordings that, for one reason or another, have gotten buried in the deluge of releases by the record labels over the years. Spotlighting saxists Stan Getz, Benny Carter, Joe Farrell, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Archie Shepp, trumpeters Kenny Dorham, Booker Little and Thad Jones, and drummers Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones, a chapter on each describes his stylistic development and ...
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Overview

This invaluable collection of jazz artist profiles showcases 197 little-recognized, forgotten or underappreciated jazz recordings that, for one reason or another, have gotten buried in the deluge of releases by the record labels over the years. Spotlighting saxists Stan Getz, Benny Carter, Joe Farrell, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Archie Shepp, trumpeters Kenny Dorham, Booker Little and Thad Jones, and drummers Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones, a chapter on each describes his stylistic development and career as well as the various circumstances that combined to keep his most appealing work from getting the recognition it merits. Reviews of each artist’s most musically rewarding performances – period by period and CD by CD – focus on the essence of the music from a musician’s perspective rather than merely repeating readily available biographical detail. A chronological listing of treasures by the book’s profiled artists represents the most listener-friendly recordings of several stylistic eras – from mainstream and bop to 1950s-60s straight-ahead and accessible avant-garde. Other special features describe how to get more value out of jazz listening; speech-inflected vs. rhythm-dominated jazz; an exhaustive guide to jazz styles and artists, and a checklist of online jazz resources. Chuck Stewart shot the full-page portraits of the jazz masters. Casual and committed jazz fans alike can upgrade their knowledge about jazz history and expand their listening horizons; seasoned collectors will be reminded of – or maybe even discover for the first time – some superb but forgotten tracks of the past to enhance and enrich their present-day listening experiences. With its comprehensive background information, this jazz guide is a key resource to getting the most from some of the best jazz ever recorded.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982312346
  • Publisher: Cranston Publications
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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 all 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 earlier book, Jazz Bass Artists of the 1950s, the ultimate resource on jazz bass artistry in that golden decade of jazz. 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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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 - Introduction
Beginning to Unearth the Jazz Treasures

CHAPTER 2 - John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Archie Shepp
Surprises From the Mainstream

CHAPTER 3 - Stan Getz
Beyond Brazilian - Timelessly Swinging Improv

CHAPTER 4 - Joe Farrell
Explosive Tenor Grooves in the 60s

CHAPTER 5 - Benny Carter
Supreme Contributor to the Jazz Art

CHAPTER 6 - Kenny Dorham
Music Reigning Supreme

CHAPTER 7 - Thad Jones
Small Group-Big Band Creativity Plus

CHAPTER 8 - Booker Little
At the Forefront of the 1960s Jazz Masters

CHAPTER 9 - Elvin Jones
Complexity in Rhythmic Innovation

CHAPTER 10 - Philly Joe Jones
Uncanny Phrasing, Impeccable Timing

APPENDIX A - The Unearthed Treasures Listed by Artist

APPENDIX B - How to Get More Out of Jazz: Tips for the Committed Listener

APPENDIX C - Jazz Listening: The Basics and Beyond

APPENDIX D - Speech-Inflected and Rhythm-Dominated Jazz: Optionally Appealing Opposites

APPENDIX E - A Guide to Jazz Styles and Artists

APPENDIX F - Online Jazz Resources

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