Learning To Listen

Author: Gary Burton
Publisher: Berklee PressPublications
ISBN: 9780876391402
Size: 25.75 MB
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Recounts the author's life and career, sharing his experiences at the top of the jazz scene, as an educator, and as one of the few openly gay musicians in jazz.

Pat Metheny

Author: Mervyn Cooke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190651903
Size: 72.84 MB
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The guitarist and composer Pat Metheny ranks among the most popular and innovative jazz musicians of all time. In Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975-1984, Mervyn Cooke offers the first in-depth account of Metheny's early creative period, during which he recorded eleven stunningly varied albums for the pioneering European record label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music). This impressive body of recordings encompasses both straight-ahead jazz playing with virtuosic small ensembles and the increasingly complex textures and structures of the Pat Metheny Group, a hugely successful band also notable for its creative exploration of advanced music technologies which were state-of-the-art at the time. Metheny's music in all its shapes and forms broke major new ground in its refusal to subscribe to either of the stylistic poles of bebop and jazz-rock fusion which prevailed in the late 1970s. Through a series of detailed analyses based on a substantial body of new transcriptions from the recordings, this study reveals the close interrelationship of improvisation and pre-composition which lies at the very heart of the music. Furthermore, these analyses vividly demonstrate how Metheny's music is often conditioned by a strongly linear narrative model: both its story-telling characteristics and atmospheric suggestiveness have sometimes been compared to those of film music, a genre in which the guitarist also became active during this early period. The melodic memorability for which Metheny's compositions and improvisations have long been world-renowned is shown to be just one important element in an unusually rich and flexible musical language that embraces influences as diverse as bebop, free jazz, rock, pop, country & western, Brazilian music, classical music, minimalism, and the avant-garde. These elements are melded into a uniquely distinctive soundworld which, above all, directly reflects Metheny's passionate belief in the need to refashion jazz in ways which can allow it to speak powerfully to each new generation of youthful listeners.

The Cambridge Companion To Percussion

Author: Russell Hartenberger
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107093457
Size: 39.25 MB
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This Companion explores percussion and rhythm and is written by performers, composers, conductors, scholars, instrument designers, and scientists.

Words On Cassette 2002

Author: R R Bowker Publishing
Publisher: Rr Bowker Llc
ISBN: 9780835245166
Size: 70.37 MB
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