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American Music Is - Nat Hentoff

American Music Is

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780306813511
Number Of Pages: 352

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Writing in a passionate and streetwise style all his own, Nat Hentoff transports us into the diverse worlds of musicians that hold one thing in common: America. In over sixty pieces Hentoff has assembled a mosaic that creates a vivid picture of the music scene as it leaps into the twenty-first century. From sweeping surveys of the roots of American music to vivid assessments of individual performers (including John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Joe Williams, Doc Pomus, Duke Ellington, Willie Nelson, and many more) Hentoff demonstrates once again why he is lauded as "a critic par excellence" (Publishers Weekly). American Music Is compiles the best of his essays into a potent reader, collecting his most illuminating writing on a broad range of topics. For those who love jazz, blues, country, gospel, or folk, American Music Is provides eloquent and powerful insights. For those who love all of them, it is required reading.

"Thank God for Nat, who places the soul of the musician above that of his art."

Billie Holiday: The Ghosts of "Strange Fruit"p. 3
Billie Holiday: Lady Day - All the Wayp. 7
Ivie Anderson: For the Love of Iviep. 12
Teddy Grace: A Joyful Reunion with the Blues of Teddy Gracep. 15
Abbey Lincoln: God Bless the Child That Has Her Ownp. 19
Frank Sinatra: Sinatra in Paris with Small Combo, 1962p. 24
Fred Astaire: Some Singing - and Hoofing - with the Boysp. 28
You Heard It Here First: When the Sun Goes Downp. 35
Joe Williams: He Brought the Blues from the Country to the Cityp. 39
Jazz and Deep Jewish Bluesp. 42
The Everliving Bluesp. 46
Jo Jones: The Man Who Played Like the Windp. 53
Johnny Hodges: Life Could Be a Dream When He Blew Altop. 56
Charles Mingus: Mingus Livesp. 61
Charles Mingus: The Incomplete History of Charles Mingusp. 65
Lester Young: He Always Told A Storyp. 69
Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington's Missionp. 73
Duke Ellington: The Piano Player in the Bandp. 77
Duke Ellington: Inside the Ellington Bandp. 82
Phil Woods: The Irrepressible Spirit of Jazzp. 86
Frankie Newton: The Search for Frankie Newtonp. 90
Cecil Taylor: It's About Music and Capturing Spiritsp. 94
Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy's Life Force Goes Onp. 98
Dick Wellstood: Swinging at the Sticketp. 102
Jack Teagarden: Teagarden Timep. 106
Carla Bley: Carla Goes Her Own Wayp. 110
Wycliffe Gordon: The Talking Trombonep. 114
Louis Armstrong: They Would Beat Jesus if He Was Black and Marchedp. 118
Louis Armstrong: Don't Let Anybody Tell You Louis Is Deadp. 126
Woody Herman: Woody Herman's Down-Home Personal Bluesp. 130
Norman Granz: Goodbye My Friendp. 135
John Coltrane: The Spoken Essencep. 139
Dave McKenna: King of the Two-Handsp. 143
Ralph Ellison: Literary Jazzmanp. 148
Clifford Brown: A Trumpet as Sweet as His Soundp. 153
Scott Robinson: The Sound That Time Forgotp. 157
Ruby Braff: Horn Player Ruby Braff Was Anything But Old-Fashionedp. 161
Jazz for Lunch at the Cajunp. 169
Jubilant Sounds Swinging Through Americap. 173
A Thrilling Big Jazz Bandp. 178
John Levy: A Personal Manager Beyond Categoryp. 185
Art Davis: The Mystery of Making Itp. 189
Musicians Taking Care of Their Ownp. 193
Musicians in Needp. 196
When Dizzy Liberated Himselfp. 200
Testosterone Is Not A Musical Instrumentp. 203
Blues Brothers Under the Skinp. 209
Willie Nelson: Honky Tonk Gypsyp. 213
Those Cheatin' Heartsp. 218
Delbert McClinton: Lone Star Troubadourp. 222
Dale Watson: Hard Country, Soft Heartp. 226
From 1970s Longhair Rockers to Bluegrass Iconsp. 231
Doug Rigsby: The Sound of His Kentucky Heritagep. 235
American Folk Songs, Direct From the Fieldp. 243
Folk Lives, Thanks to the Songcatchersp. 247
"American Routes" Waters Roots of Folkp. 251
A Gift of America to the Worldp. 255
End of Jazz: Hold That Notep. 263
Sonny LaRosa's Elementary School Jazzp. 267
Cutting Down Solos to Get to the Cutting Edgep. 271
History Lessons Via Jazzp. 275
Toshiko Akiyoshi: Rising from the Abyssp. 280
The Newest Jazz Generationp. 284
Categorizing the Future of Jazzp. 288
The Lion, Fats, and My Other Mentorsp. 295
Last Chorusp. 300
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ISBN: 9780306813511
ISBN-10: 0306813513
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 34.2 x 29.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1