Ben Sidran : Talking Jazz

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Sell date: 1/2006
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 Notes & Reviews
 
24 CDs plus rare photos from Lee Tanner, extensive liner notes and essays from Gene Lees, Michael Cuscuna, Peter Straub, Ben Sidran and Craig Werner. 'Ben Sidran's interviews with jazz musicians, many of whom are now dead...were consistent, intelligent, not glib or jivey, and revelatory to the extent that these musicians would reveal themselves...the closest thing in jazz to the Paris Review's interviews with writers...expensive but addictive...can consume hours at a stretch; a commuter in your life may be grateful for it.' -- Ben Ratliff, NY Times 'Talking Jazz is rife with all of the stuff that makes for humanity, selectively touching, in particular, those who happen to be jazz musicians...Mr. Sidran has gone far below the surface of emotions to the very core of our feelings.'? -- Benny Golson 'Listening to this collection is rather like eavesdropping on a particularly eloquent and focused chat.' -- Mike Hobart, Financial Times of London 'Relaxed and illuminating' -- Musician Magazine 'Ben's knowledge about the music and interest in the music is really inspiring to us as musicians.'? -- Max Roach 'A fascinating kaleidoscopic view of jazz's major proponents...'? -- Philadelphia Tribune 'Sidran doesn't just ask questions...he interacts with guests much in the same way he would if he were accompanying them on a jazz gig...his poise, intelligence and ease of delivery puts the most guarded musicians at ease...a godsend to the jazz musicians' Eugene Holley TALKING JAZZ An oral history of jazz in America -- the life and times as told by the people who lived it: Miles Davis talks about 'Kind of Blue'?; Sonny Rollins tells what really happened on the bridge. From the essay by Craig Werner: In the middle of his conversation with Ben Sidran, Art Blakey launches into a meditation on the challenge of melding individual personalities into a group. 'There's gotta be cohesion, gotta be love, and then the sound and the band begins to come together.' A moment later he adds, 'When we look at each other, they know just what to do.'? On paper, it's a good piece of jazz philosophy. Hearing Blakey say it, the way he stretches the word love into something rich and lingering; the non-nonsense staccato of what to do takes it, as they say, to a whole different level. It's a true jazz moment, one that reminds you that if you had to choose a single word to sum up what jazz is about, it would probably be voice. That's why this collection is something special. The 24 CDs orchestrated by Sidran document the speaking voice of jazz musicians in a way thatA??s never really been approached. Individually, the conversations provide fascinating glimpses of creative minds at work, testing phrasings, hesitating at chasms, nailing down hard-won truths. Hearing the voices brings the musicians' creative personalities into sharp focus. Consider, for instance, Max Roach offering a graduate seminar on the theory of indeterminate pitch. 'The best drummers,' he says with absolute clarity and precision, 'know how to beat the instrument into the key the music is being played.'? When Sonny Rollins reflects on the tonal qualities of pedestrian walkways, his voice resonates with the untranslatable knowledge he found while playing on the Williamsburg Bridge. There's an irresistible amusement in Herbie Hancock's matter of fact voice when he describes his response to Mongo Santamaria's version of 'Watermelon Man.'? To offer one last example, it's more or less impossible to imagine anyone arguing with Betty Carter when she challenges her peers to stop complaining and start training the younger generation. What's best about the box set, however, is the way the individual voices come together in a kind of jazz symphony, a conversational equivalent of Three or Four Shades of Blue, or Black, Brown and Beige. Themes sound, fade away, reemerge. You hear arguments about discipline and tradition, commerce and craft. You can feel the difference between regions, generations, and musical schools. You can put together mini-courses on the theory and practice of particular instruments. Beg

 
 Tracks
 
Miles Davis
Dizzy Gillespie
Don Cherry
Red Rodney
Freddie Hubbard
Wynton Marsalis
Phil Woods
Sonny Rollins
Jackie Mclean
Johnny Griffin
Frank Morgan
Charlie Rouse
David Murray
Arthur Blythe
Steve Lacy
Branford Marsalis
Michael Brecker
Grover Washington
Paquito D'rivera
Pepper Adams
Archie Shepp
Herbie Hancock
Keith Jarrett
Mccoy Tyner
Charles Brown
Jay Mcshann
Dr. John
Horace Silver
Les Mccann
Joe Sample
Don Pullen
Barry Harris
Michel Petrucciani
Art Blakey
Max Roach
Mel Lewis
Tony Williams
Paul Motian
Steve Gadd
Richard Davis
Marcus Miller
Jon Hendricks
Betty Carter
Bobby Mcferrin
Ken Nordine
Dave Frishberg
Donald Fagen
Mose Allison
George Benson
John Scofield
Steve Khan
Larry Coryell & Emily Remler
Kevin Eubanks
Intro Gil Evans
Gil Evans
Intro Carla Bley
Carla Bley
Intro Clair Fischer
Clair Fischer
Max Gordon
Rudy Van Gelder
Ben Sidran
 
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