Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz

Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz

by William Zinsser
     
 

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"A highly infectious, Studs Terkel-like chronicle about the unorthodox development of two distinguished musicians."—Publishers WeeklySee more details below

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"A highly infectious, Studs Terkel-like chronicle about the unorthodox development of two distinguished musicians."—Publishers Weekly

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Library Journal
Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff comprise one of the most distinctive musical teams in popular music. Piano and bass (also French horn) players, respectively, these jazzmen have been playing together since 1955. Zinsser's easy, flowing prose is well suited to their story; he effortlessly alternates between presenting the two men as they are now--respected spokesmen and exemplars of jazz throughout the world--and as young men finding their way in mid-century America. The opening vignette, wherein the duo demonstrates some of the nuances of jazz to an eager music school audience in Shanghai, illustrates their complementary personalities: Mitchell, quiet and serious; Ruff, playful and outgoing. Zinsser, a seasoned writer and critic, allows the reader to view Mitchell and Ruff's lives as progressions from humble origins through hard work, determination, and skill toward success, fulfillment, and international respect. While certainly of interest to jazz aficionados, this book will also appeal to a wide audience. David Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Washington Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780966491340
Publisher:
Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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