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By Geoff Dyer

"May be the easiest booklet ever written approximately jazz."―David Thomson, Los Angeles Times

In 8 poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully conjures up the track and the boys who formed smooth jazz. Drawing on photographs, anecdotes, and, most crucial, the best way he hears the song, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of a few of the greats: Lester younger fading away in a inn room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of recent York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonious Monk developing his personal inner most language at the piano. even if, track is the motive force of But Beautiful, and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of every musician's style.

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DON CHERRY: Brown Rice; Multikulti (A & M); El Corazón (with Ed Blackwell) (ECM); Codona; Codona 2; Codona three (with Nana Vasconcelos and Collin Walcott) (ECM); The Sonet Recordings (Verve). ORNETTE COLEMAN: the form of Jazz to come back; switch of the Century; unfastened Jazz (with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell) (Atlantic). JOHN COLTRANE: titanic Steps; The Avant-Garde (with Don Cherry); My favourite issues; Olé (Atlantic); Africa/Brass; stay on the Village leading edge; Impressions; Coltrane; Duke Ellington and John Coltrane (includes ‘Take the Coltrane’); A Love splendid; First Meditations (for Quarter); Ascension; solar send; Meditations; dwell in Seattle; reside on the Village forefront back! ; stay in Japan Vols. 1 and a couple of (includes ‘Peace on Earth’) (Impulse). MILES DAVIS: around approximately dead night; Milestones; form of Blue; Sketches of Spain (Columbia). JACK DEJOHNETTE: designated version (with Arthur Blythe and David Murray); New instructions; New instructions in Europe (both with Lester Bowie) (ECM). JOHNNY DYANI: music for Biko (with Don Cherry); Witchdoctor’s Son (Steeplechase). DUKE ELLINGTON: Black. Brown and Beige (RCA); Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (Impulse); cash Jungle (with Max Roach and Charles Mingus) (Blue Note). JON FADDIS: Into the Faddisphere (Epic). JAN GARBAREK: Madar (with Anouar Brahem and Shaukat Hussain) (ECM). CHARLIE HADEN: Silence (with Chet Baker) (Soul Note); Charlie Haden and the Liberation tune Orchestra (Impulse); Ballad of the Fallen (ECM); Dream Keeper (Blue Note); The Montreal Tapes (with Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell) (Verve). ZAKIR HUSSAIN: Making song (with John McLaughlin, Haraprasad Chaurasia, and Jan Garbarek) (ECM). KEITH JARRETT: dealing with You; Köln live performance; solar endure concert events; live shows; Paris live performance (solo); Spirits; Vienna live performance; Paris live performance; Eyes of the center; The Survivors Suite (with Charlie Haden. Paul Motian. and Dewey Redman); Belonging; My music; own Mountains (with Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, and Jon Christensen); Changeless; The healing; Bye Bye Blackbird on the Blue observe; the entire Recordings (with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock) (ECM). THE LEADERS: Mudfoot (Black Hawk); Out right here Like This; unexpected advantages (Black Saint). CHARLIE MARIANO and the Karnataka collage of Percussion that includes R. A. Ramamani: Jyothi (ECM); reside (Verabra). JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: Shakti (with Shankar and Zakir Hussain) (CBS). WYNTON MARSALIS: dwell on the Blues Alley; The Majesty of the Blues (CBS). DAVID MURRAY: plant life for Albert; stay on the reduce ny Ocean membership (with Lester Bowie) (India Navigation); Ming; Murray’s Steps; domestic; The Hill (Black Saint); Ming’s Samba (CBS). previous AND NEW goals: (Don Cherry. Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Dewey Redman): first album (Black Saint); moment album and enjoying (ECM). SONNY ROLLINS: all the pieces you're (with Coleman Hawkins) (Blue Bird); East Broadway Run Down (with McCoy Tyner. Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones) (Impulse); Tenor insanity (with John Coltrane) (Prestige). PHAROAH SANDERS: Karma; Tauhid (includes ‘Japan’) (Impulse); A Prayer prior to sunrise (includes ‘Living Space’); trip to the single; middle Is a Melody; reside (Theresa); Moonchild (Timeless); Message from domestic (Verve).

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