""Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one." This is the story of Duke Ellington--the story of Jazz itself. Told in his own way, in his own words, a symphony written by the King of Ja"""Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one." This is the story of Duke Ellington--the story of Jazz itself. Told in his own way, in his own words, a symphony written by the King of Ja"Read Less
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Good. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 522 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. 1980 3rd paper printing, Rubbing/fraying, denting on cover, stain on cover and top edge of 1st 40 pages, fold on title & 1/ 2 title page, denting (not quite a fold) on last 50 pages, light curling, else text clean, binding tight.
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Very Good. Ellington, Duke. Music Is My Mistress. New York: Da Capo Press, 1985. 542pp. Illustrated. 8vo. Paperback. Book condition: Very good with bumped and rubbed edges and two creases in spine. Short black mark on top edge and tiny x on bottom.
This is a great book that gives insight into the mind and music of Duke Ellington. It is an important chronicling of the Maestro's development from his early years through 50+ years of performance and traveling.
Apr 5, 2007
Insight in Blue
An in-depth account of the life of one of the most oblique public speakers in music history? Surely this has to be worth a read. In his interviews, some of which are included in the apendices, Ellington perfected a never-quite-to-the-point manner of speaking, which according to some, originated after the critical failure of his first major concert work - Black, Brown and Beige. For the Ellington scholar this can be irritating to say the least. This book provides the reader, be they scholar or simply jazz enthusiast, with an insight into the ways in which the jazz world functioned throughout the Duke's life. He also tackles his music, his modes of composition, plus childhood and culture and its influence on his playing style. This book if packed with important names and faces (many original photographs), programs and other factual evidence that make it an enchanting read for any jazz enthusiast. It does, however, become quite repetetive in the last quarter, so selective reading is advisable.
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