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Singers and the Song II - Gene Lees

Singers and the Song II

By: Gene Lees

Paperback Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9780195122084
Number Of Pages: 272

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Gene Lees is probably the best jazz essayist in America today, and the book that consolidated his reputation was Singers and the Song, which appeared in 1987. Now this classic volume is available in an expanded edition that retains a number of famous pieces from the original volume, including his marvelous essay on lyric writing, his piece on the art of Edith Piaf, and his admiring look at the genius of songwriter Johnny Mercer. In addition, this edition offers seven new essays that are no less accomplished. Here readers will find a wonderful tribute to "the sweetest voice in the world," Ella Fitzgerald; a moving interview with Jackie and Roy Kral; Lees's account of his involvement with Bossa Nova music and his collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim. We also read about Julius La Rosa, the lyrics of "Yip" Harburg, Harry Warren's unforgettable compositions, and the elegant Arthur Schwartz, writer of "Dancing in the Dark" and many other memorable songs.

"If the words 'They don't write songs like that anymore' have ever crossed your lips, this book is for you."--The New York Times Book Review "Each of these profiles is filled with personal details and anecdotes that could only come from a true insider."--The Nashville Times "If the words 'They don't write songs like that anymore' have ever crossed your lips, this book is for you."--The New York Times Book Review "Each of these profiles is filled with personal details and anecdotes that could only come from a true insider."--The Nashville Times

Forewordp. xi
William and Harold and How to Write Lyricsp. 3
Pavilion in the Rainp. 19
The Squirrelp. 43
Style Is the Manp. 53
Jeepers Creepersp. 59
Roses in the Morningp. 69
The Paradoxp. 91
GI Jop. 105
In from the Coldp. 123
Sweetest Voice in the Worldp. 149
Phrasingp. 159
A Family Affairp. 175
The Sparrowp. 201
Um Abraco No Tomp. 217
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ISBN: 9780195122084
ISBN-10: 0195122089
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.54  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 3