Number of page: 352
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our timeIn Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way.From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock’s undeniable musical genius.Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.
- carolyn blakeney
I’m happy to have the pleasure of reading this amazing memoir.
Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter
Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination Throughout Shorter s extraordinary fifty year career his compositions have helped define the sounds of each distinct era in the history of jazz Filled with musical analysis by Mercer enlivened by Shorter s vivid recollections and enriched by more than seventy five original interviews with his friends and associates this book is at once an invaluable history of music from bebop to pop an intimate and moving biography and a story of a man s struggle toward the full realization of his gifts and of himself
Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia
One of Bustle s 17 of the Best Nonfiction Books Coming in January 2017 One of Men s Journal s 7 Best Books of January A USA Today New and Noteworthy Book Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times in 1995 2005 and 2015 making friends in eleven different cities then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people s lives in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan to a farmer in Buryatia to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk to a wealthy family in Chelyabinsk to a rap star in Moscow Dickey profiles a wide cross section of people in one of the most fascinating dynamic and important countries on Earth Along the way she explores dramatic changes in everything from technology to social norms drinks copious amounts of vodka and learns firsthand how the Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin Including powerful photographs of people and places over time and filled with wacky travel stories unexpected twists and keen insights Bears in the Streets offers an unprecedented on the ground view of Russia today
Benson: The Autobiography
Over the course of his fifty year career George Benson has performed for hundreds of millions of fans around the world received ten Grammy Awards and recorded with some of the most revered musicians of his era In 2011 he earned a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Award And he has finally decided to tell his story Benson The Autobiography follows the musician s remarkable rise from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the stages of Dubai and everywhere in between His tales of scuffling on the road with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff navigating his way through the recording studio with Miles Davis and emerging as the first true and truly successful jazz soul crossover artist will enthrall devotees of both music history and pop culture An open and truthful raconteur Benson discusses his near arrest for domestic abuse the tragic illnesses that afflicted his family the secret lives of his musical cohorts and racism s effect on his life and art His long awaited book allows readers to meet one of the most beloved prolific and bestselling musicians of any era
Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
Sonny Rollins is arguably the most influential tenor saxophonist that jazz has produced He began his musical career at the tender age of eleven and within five short years he was playing with the legendary Thelonius Monk In the late forties before his twenty first birthday Rollins was in full swing recording with jazz luminaries such as Charlie Parker Bud Powell Max Roach Art Blakey Miles Davis and Fats Navarro He was hailed as the best jazz tenor saxophonist alive during the years 1955 to 1959 when he was credited with pioneering the use of 3 4 time in bop music Today forty years later Rollins s onstage appearances are eagerly anticipated events where his compelling sound reaches a whole new generation of listeners Renowned jazz writer Eric Nisenson has penned a long overdue look at one of jazz music s brightest and most enduring stars