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Jazz West Coast : the Los Angeles jazz scene of the 1950's
Gordon, Robert, M.A.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Quartet Books, 1986.
Physical Description:
242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 24 cm
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Author Notes

Robert Gordon has written for major publications in the U.S. and England, and has contributed to several books. He produced the Al green CD box set, "Anthology", for which his liner notes were Grammy nominated. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning blues documentary "All Day and All Night", and his music video work has appeared on MTV, BET, and CMT. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of Muddy Waters, and director of the companion documentary. He lives in Memphis with his wife and two daughters.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Although some critics consider that Los Angeles music lacks fire and intensity, much good jazz has come from there. In this excellent, objective survey, a California music historian reexamines the contributions of Clifford Brown, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers and other West Coast jazzmen during the period 19451959. Listening to their records, disregarding stereotypes and focusing on the music rather than the personalities, Gordon has discovered and here transmits the sense of excitement and the multifaceted nature of the Los Angeles jazz scenebut he is also critical of its shortcomings. Annotated discography. Photos of performers and record labels of the period included.(September 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved