Striders to Beboppers and Beyond: The Art of Jazz Piano

Striders to Beboppers and Beyond: The Art of Jazz Piano

by Leslie Gourse
     
 

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The piano has royal status among jazz instruments because the pianist can play melody, harmony, and rhythm all at once. Striders to Beboppers and Beyond explores the innovations of such brilliant players as Earl Hines, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and countless others.

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The piano has royal status among jazz instruments because the pianist can play melody, harmony, and rhythm all at once. Striders to Beboppers and Beyond explores the innovations of such brilliant players as Earl Hines, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and countless others. This book also explores the artists who continue to experiment with new sounds, making jazz a true living music.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpGourse weaves together sketches of 23 American jazz piano greats, such as Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. The author has grouped these performers into broad categories such as swing, bebop, Miles Davis's groups, and the avant-garde. A highly pictorial 16-page center section entitled "The Piano Tree" provides a time line of events and personalities related to jazz piano music. The book contains some lively writing, accurate information, and carefully footnoted dialogue, but the main value of Gourse's overview is the biographical information it provides. Black-and-white archival photos appear throughout. Libraries should rely on James Haskins's Black Music In America (HarperCollins, 1987) for a thorough historical analysis.Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531158364
Publisher:
Children's Press(CT)
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Art of Jazz Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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