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Serge Chaloff : A Musical Biography and Discography - Vladimir Simosko

Serge Chaloff

A Musical Biography and Discography

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Published: 28th January 1998
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Serge Chaloff (1923-1957) is most widely remembered as the flamboyant baritone saxophone star with Woody Herman's 2nd Herd whose problems with drugs extended to erratic personal behavior. Nevertheless, there were many brilliant sessions featuring his work before and after his stint with Herman. This work attempts to bring them the recognition they deserve. Simosko details the life and music of Serge Chaloff in an engaging style, from his childhood in Boston, Massachusetts, through his untimely death in 1957. He also provides a discography of Chaloff's recorded output, much of which has been made available by the 1993 Mosaic Records release of The Complete Serge Chaloff Sessions.

Musically, it is hard to consider a young saxophonist 'serious' if they haven't heard the Chaloff recordings, especially if he or she is a baritone sax player. The live performances documented throughout this book provide further insights about how much in demand Chaloff was, particularly after he left Herman in 1949. But since almost half of this book is a very detailed and thorough discography, it really affirms just how prolific Chaloff was. For these reasons, the book is important for many readers. * Jazz Educators Journal * The author has done a good job of balancing the musical legacy with the personal story, placing the accent on the former. * The IAJRC Journal * ...highly recommended for all jazz collections and most academic and special music libraries. * American Reference Books Annual * Musically, it is hard to consider a young saxophonist 'serious' if they haven't heard the Chaloff recordings, especially if he or she is a baritone sax player. The live performances documented throughout this book provide further insights about how much in demand Chaloff was, particularly after he left Herman in 1949. But since almost half of this book is a very detailed and thorough discography, it really affirms just how prolific Chaloff was. For these reasons, the book is important for many readers. Jazz Educators Journal The author has done a good job of balancing the musical legacy with the personal story, placing the accent on the former. The IAJRC Journal ...highly recommended for all jazz collections and most academic and special music libraries. American Reference Books Annual

Editor's Foreword
Introductionp. 1
Early Yearsp. 5
A New Conceptionp. 21
First Solosp. 25
With the Second Herdp. 35
Chaloff and the Second Herdp. 49
Jam Sessions with Alan Eagerp. 53
All-Star Sessions and Leaderp. 55
Hiatusp. 67
Late Recordingsp. 75
The Legacyp. 97
List of Sourcesp. 99
Additional Readingsp. 101
Introduction to the Discographyp. 103
Solo Index to the Discographyp. 105
The Discographyp. 109
Second Herd Tune Indexp. 153
Leo Parker Discographyp. 165
Name Indexp. 179
Subject Indexp. 185
About the Authorp. 187
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ISBN: 9780810833968
ISBN-10: 0810833964
Series: Studies in Jazz Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 28th January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45