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Masters of jazz guitar
Alexander, Charles (Guitarist)
First British edition.
Publication Information:
London, England : Balafon ; [San Francisco] : [Miller Freeman], [1999]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 33 cm
General Note:
U.S. publisher from jacket.
The guitar breaks through / Tony Russell -- Masters of rhythm / Richard Cook -- Soloists of the swing era / Brian Priestley -- Django Reinhardt / Max Harrison -- Charlie Christian / Dave Gelly -- Swing to bop / Stan Britt -- The bebop masters / Stan Britt -- The cool sound / Alun Morgan -- Influence and confluence / John Fordham -- Wes Montgomery / Kenny Mathieson -- The hardboppers / John Fordham -- Joe Pass / John Fordham -- Fusion, the first wave / Stuart Nicholson -- Pat Metheny / Kenny Mathieson -- Fusion, the second wave / Mark Gilbert -- Shredding the frets / Mark Gilbert -- Brazilian guitar / John Zaradin -- The session players / Kenny Mathieson -- The deconstructionists / Stuart Nicholson -- The acoustic guitar in jazz / Charles Alexander -- The new mainstream / Kenny Mathieson -- The legacy of Django / Andy MacKenzie -- The British scene / Kenny Mathieson -- The European scene / Chris Burden -- The American scene / Charles Chapman.

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ML399 .M38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The jazz guitar and its master players have had vast influence in a genre of uniquely provocative 20th century music. Written by some of the world's foremost jazz authorities and illustrated with more than 200 gorgeous photographs, this book spotlights remarkable musicians whose artistry has made the guitar fundamental to jazz. From 1930s electric pioneer Charlie Christian, to 1960s fusion visionary Larry Coryell and beyond, Masters of Jazz Guitar celebrates the achievements of players who changed the sound of jazz. Features deluxe paper stock, full-color throughout the book, and a bonus CD with 14 classic tracks by Howard Alden, Tal Farlow, Danny Barker, Al Casey, George Barnes, Herb Ellis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Phil Upchurch and Jack Wilkins.

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Library Journal Review

These two books provide contrasting approaches to jazz photo collections. Masters of Jazz Guitar, an oversized volume, skillfully mixes more than 200 color photos of musicians and album-cover art with 25 insightful essays by notable writers. Beginning with jazz guitar roots, Alexander--publisher of Jazzwise magazine--traces the use of the guitar from swing to bop to bebop, cool, hardbop, and fusion. It contains chapters on such icons as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery; devotes sections to specialty areas such as Brazilian guitarists; and showcases some of the new talent on both sides of the Atlantic. Hardly just a coffee-table adornment, this volume provides all types of readers with a visually stunning, informative compendium of the many styles of jazz guitar during the last century. Highly recommended. Is This To Be My Souvenir? more modestly compiles over 300 black-and-white photos from the collection of Danish journalist and one-time New York jazz aficionado Rosenkrantz. It includes photographs of prebop giants such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong as well as lesser-known artists like Rube Bloom. Bchmann-Moller (You Got To Be Original, Man!) adds paragraph-length biographies of the musicians pictured. Though littered with many stock publicity head shots, the book occasionally rises above a drab effort with revealing, never-before-published photos such as the picture of a happy-go-lucky Fats Waller eating a hot dog on a New York street before a session. Hardly indispensable and suffering in comparison to Masters of Jazz Guitar, this title will appeal mainly to fanatics of prewar jazz.--David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.