This Is: Essays on Jazz

This Is: Essays on Jazz

by Aaron Gilbreath


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With an ear for the overlooked, Aaron Gilbreath chronicles the forgotten corners of the mid-century jazz scene. Shadowing the greats from Sonny Clark to John Coltrane, Gilbreath traces the tragedy of saxophonist Hank Mobley, unearths the story of self-exiled pianist Jutta Hipp, and pauses on the meaning of heroin for trumpeter Lee Morgan. He also revisits a few standards, like The Connection, an influential film with its own take on drugs and sobriety; the ten-year evolution of Miles Davis' "So What"; and the impact of record labels' vault archives. This Is: Essays on Jazz celebrates the joy, genius and struggle of jazz, in essays both intimate and deeply researched.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944853327
Publisher: Outpost19
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Aaron Gilbreath is an essayist and journalist whose work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, Paris Review, Vice, The Morning News, Saveur, Tin House, The Believer, Oxford American, Kenyon Review, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Threepenny Review, and Brick. He is also the author of the essay collection Everything We Don’t Know (2016).

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