Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923-1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his ´´solo” turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. Reading like a jazz composition, the blend of research, anecdote, and a selection of Dexter’s personal letters reflects his colorful life and legendary times. It is clear why the celebrated trumpet genius Dizzy Gillespie said to Dexter, ´´Man, you ought to leave your karma to science.” Dexter Gordon the icon is the Dexter beloved and celebrated on albums, on film, and in jazz lore - even in a street named for him in Copenhagen. But this image of the cool jazzman fails to come to terms with the multidimensional man full of humor and wisdom, a figure who struggled to reconcile being both a creative outsider who broke the rules and a comforting insider who was a son, father, husband, and world citizen. This essential book is an attempt to fill in the gaps created by our misperceptions as well as the gaps left by Dexter himself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Morton, Terria Joseph, Prentice Onayemi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050800/bk_adbl_050800_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ted Gioia´s History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic - acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history - Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie´s advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis´s 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman´s experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny´s visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the listener with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the listener to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after-hours spots of corrupt Kansas City, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018793/bk_adbl_018793_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jazz could not contain Fred Hersch. Hersch´s prodigious talent as a sideman - a pianist who played with the giants of the 20th century in the autumn of their careers, including Art Farmer and Joe Henderson - blossomed further in the ´80s and beyond into a compositional genius that defied the boundaries of bop, sweeping in elements of pop, classical, and folk to create a wholly new music. Good Things Happen Slowly is his memoir. It´s the story of the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz player; a deep look into the cloistered jazz culture that made such a status both transgressive and groundbreaking; and a profound exploration of how Hersch´s two-month-long coma in 2007 led to his creating some of the finest, most direct, and most emotionally compelling music of his career. Remarkable and at times lyrical, Good Things Happen Slowly is an evocation of the twilight of post-Stonewall New York and a powerfully brave narrative of illness, recovery, music, creativity, and the glorious reward of finally becoming oneself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen, Fred Hersch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005295/bk_rand_005295_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2004The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself, resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history. Also caught up in the intense courtroom drama were legal giant Clarence Darrow and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Highly esteemed history professor, author and editor Kevin Boyle was presented with the National Book Award for this stunning literary achievement. Arc of Justice artfully captures a tumultuous period in American history as it tells a shocking story of violence and racial strife. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lizan Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/001090/bk_reco_001090_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Veteran producer, pianist, singer, club owner George Wein on this edition of Fresh Air. He´s the founder of the New Port Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In the early 1950s he founded the jazz clubs Storyville and Mahogany Hall in his hometown of Boston where jazz giants Art Tatum, Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Miles Davis played. In 1954 he launched the Newport Jazz Festival where he presented Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Dave Brubeck and others. The other music greats he knew and worked with: Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Louis Armstrong. Now 77 years old, Wein has written a new autobiography (with Nate Chinen), Myself Among Others: A Life In Music: The struggles and triumphs of the extraordinary man behind the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and music festivals all over the World. (Broadcast Date: July 2, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030702/rt_whyy_030702_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you are desperate enough, terrified enough, there is a jazz club in the French Quarter of New Orleans where you might find help. Might. You might also find Rind, the Angelus of Death, already waiting for you. Meilori´s is that kind of club. Its owner, Samuel McCord, is that kind of man. The man with the blood of Death in his veins, who finds some small measure of peace in easing the pains of others, though he cannot ease his own. After Katrina, all of New Orleans stands in need of help. Even the Angelus of Death, Rind, whose presence is a heavy, anguished weight upon Sam´s adopted city, needs help. But Sam is just the shadow of the man he was before his wife left him seven years ago. But having a supernatural jazz club has its perks. He arranges for a pay per view internet concert of both the dead and the living giants of jazz to help pour money into a fund to repair all of New Orleans. McCord´s friends, both undead and living, help him arrange the ´´live´´ concert. But the club also has its downside: For the dead musicians to be able to appear in his club, the undead, usually not the most amiable of creatures, can also pay a visit. And visit they do, along with DayStar, an old enemy who entered this plane of existence from beyond what we think of as Time. But alongside DayStar in this strange club on the outskirts of known reality, McCord discovers that there is a worse fate than being killed by DayStar´s plan. It is surviving it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlie James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009653/bk_acx0_009653_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brad succumbs to the white plague; Oscar, too, spends his days fighting disease, confined to a hospital. Playing the organ at night for a mysterious sickly girl, he discovers his own talent, although years after recovery, he finds himself desperate, poor and depressed - until the devil, otherwise known to the world as impresario Norman G, happens on him in a moment of crisis. Inspired by the life of legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Mauricio Segura’s Oscar evokes periods across time, from the Depression-era Montreal neighbourhood of Little Burgundy to the swinging cabarets of the 1950s, while offering a reflection on the bonds between an artist and the Caribbean diaspora from which he comes. But above all, Oscar is a poignant homage to a musical giant, a man who changed the face of jazz forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Gallager. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051277/bk_adbl_051277_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This long-awaited story collection from Wesley Brown summons up the smoky clubs and gritty streets of a long-gone New York City, one that moved in the frenetic rhythms of jazz. A more innocent city fueled by cool, not money. We meet Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway, and many giants of the era in these sharply observed, carefully intertwined stories. In Brown´s deft hands, these legends become real - like we´ve never seen them before. Jazz has circled throughout the Brown´s work, but now it takes the main stage in this collection of eight unpublished stories. Find out why James Baldwin called Brown ´´one hell of a writer´´, and why so many other younger writers find deep inspiration in the novels and stories of this master storyteller. Now a highly entertaining audio read by the author. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wesley Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094788/bk_acx0_094788_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to the world of Mad Scientist Meets Cannibal. Where else can you come face to face with a giant rhinoporcupine? Dream the future in a jazz tune from Hell? Hunt down outlaws who commit the crime of love? Eat a walking, talkinghuman feast? Find passion behind the labcoat of a smoking hot mad scientist? In these pages, RobertT. Jeschonek will take you on a tour of the wildest places and people you´ve never imagined. You´ve never met anyone quite like Dr. Hildegarde Medici, the mad scientist worshipped from a far by her twisted assistant, Glugor...or the Genebillies of Best Virginia, rip-snortin´ genetic engineers in the moonshiner tradition...or Manny the Ration, an edible man who feeds more than empty stomachs in an alien landscape gone berserk. If you´re looking for something mind-blowing, you´ve come to the right place. In Mad Scientist Meets Cannibal, gonzo fictioneer Robert T. Jeschonek sets his wild imagination loose in five free-for-alls that set a new standard for storytelling. It´s all about a cutting edge mêlée style, an in-your-face storytelling for the 21stcentury that mashes up genres, tones, expectations, and the most fundamental rules of stories and language. At the core of this engine of big ideas, startling imagery, and unexpected connections, you´ll always find a pounding heart of love and longing and wonder, its power amplified by the revolutionary matrix roaring around it. Take your first step into this breakthrough literary mêlée and experience a convergence of science fiction and fantasy...thrills and theories...tears and laughter...truth and lies...insanity and enlightenment. Ask yourself ´´What if?´´ and ´´Why not?´´ and ´´What the hell was that?´´ Most of all, kiss your preconceptions goodbye. 1. Language: English. Narrator: April Grace Lowe, Craig Jessen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003132/bk_acx0_003132_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.