A Library of Jazz Resources:
Here are a
few suggestions for your jazz reading.
- Balliett, Whitney, American
Musicians: 56 Portraits in Jazz (1986)
- Berendt, Joachim. The Jazz Book, rev.
ed. (Chicago Review, 1982).
- Berry, Jason, et al., Up from the
Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II (1986)
- Blesh, Rudi, Shining Trumpets, rev.
- Carr, Ian and others. Jazz: The
Essential Companion (Prentice, 1988).
- Chambers, Jack, Milestones One: The
Music and Times of Miles Davis to 1960 (1983) and Milestones Two:
The Music and Times of Miles Davis since 1960 (1985)
- Charters, S. B., Jazz: New Orleans,
- Chilton, John, Who's Who in Jazz
- Cole, Bill, John Coltrane (1976)
- Collier, J.L. The Making of Jazz
- Condon, E., and Sugrue, T., We Called
It Music (1947 repr. 1987)
- Crowther, B., and Pinfold, M., The
Jazz Singers (1988)
- Davis, Francis, Jazz in the 1980s
- Davis, Miles and Troupe, Quincy
Miles: The Autobiography (1989)
- Feather, Leonard, The Encyclopedia of
Jazz, rev. ed. (1960)
- Feather, Leonard, and Gitler, Ira,
The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies (1976)
- Feather, Leonard. The Encyclopedia of
Jazz (Da Capo, 1984).
- Gitler, Ira. Jazz Masters of the
Forties (Da Capo, 1982).
- Gridley, M.C. Jazz Styles, 3rd ed.
- Giddens, Gary, Celebrating Bird: The
Triumph of Charlie Parker (1986)
- Gioia, Ted, The Imperfect Art:
Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture (1988)
- Gitler, I., Swing to Bop (1985)
- Hentoff, Nat, Jazz Is (1976)
- Hodeir, Andre, Jazz, rev. ed. (1980)
- Hadlock, Richard. Jazz Masters of the
Twenties (Da Capo, 1986).
- Jones, LeRoi, Black Music
- Kernfield, B., ed., The New Grove
Dictionary of Jazz, 2 vols. (1989)
- Kynaston, Trent, and Ricci, Robert,
Jazz Improvisation (Prentice 1978)
- Litweiler, John. The Freedom
Principle (Da Capo, 1989).
- Nisenson, Eric, Round about Midnight:
A Portrait of Miles Davis (1982).
- Ostransky, Leroy, Understanding Jazz
- Panassie, H., The Real Jazz (1960;
- Priestly, Brian, Charlie Parker
- Resiner, Robert G., Bird: The Legend
of Charlie Parker (1977)
- Russell, Ross, Bird Lives! The High
Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker
- Schuller, Gunther, Early Jazz: Its
Roots and Musical Development (1968), and The Swing Era: The
Development of Jazz, 1930-1945 (1989)
- Smith, W. C., and Hoefer, G., Music
on My Mind (1964; repr. 1975)
- Stearns, Marshall W., The Story of
Jazz (1956; repr. 1977)
- Shapiro, Nat and Hentoff, Nat, eds.
Hear Me Talkin' to Ya (Dover, 1966).
- Simpkins, C. O., Coltrane: A
Biography (1977 repr. 1989)
- Southern, Eileen, The Music of Black
Americans (Norton 1983)
- Tanner, Paul, and Gerow, Maurice, A
Study of Jazz, 3d ed. (1977)
- Terkel, Studs. Giants of Jazz, rev.
ed. (Harper, 1975).
- Thomas, James C., Chasin' the Trane
- Tirro, Frank, Jazz: A History (1977)
- Williams, Martin T., Jazz Heritage
- Wilmer, Valerie. As Serious as Your
Life (Chicago Review, 1980).
notes written by the great musician, John Coltrane, gives quite an
insight to his creative thoughts in recording the "Love Supreme"
John Coltrane's Liner
All Praise Be To God To Whom All Praise
Is Due. Let us pursue Him in the righteous path. Yes it is true,
"seek and ye shall find". Only through Him can we know the most
During the year 1957, I experienced, by
the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a
richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I
humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy
through music. I feel this has been granted through His grace. ALL
PRAISE TO GOD.
As time and events moved on, a period of
irresolution did prevail. I entered into a phase which was
contradictory to the pledge and away from the esteemed path; but
thankfully, now and again through the unerring and merciful hand of
God, I do perceive and have been duly re-informed of His OMNIPOTENCE,
and our need for, and dependence on Him. At this time I would like to
tell you that NO MATTER WHAT...IT IS WITH GOD. He Is Gracious and
Merciful...His Way Is in Love, Through Which We All Are. It Is
Truly--A Love Supreme--.
This album is a humble offering to Him.
An attempt to say "THANK YOU GOD" through our work, even as we do in
our hearts and with our tongues. May He help and strengthen all men
in every good endeavor.
The music herein is presented in four
parts. The first is entitled "ACKNOWLEDGMENT", the second,
"RESOLUTION", the third, "PURSUANCE", and the fourth and last part is
a musical narration of the theme, "A Love Supreme" which is written
in the context; it is entitled "PSALM".
In closing, I would like to thank the
musicians who have contributed their much appreciated talents to the
making of this album and all previous engagements.
To Elvin, James and McCoy, I would like
to thank you for that which you give each time you perform on your
instruments. Also, to Archie Shepp (tenor saxist) and to Art Davis
(bassist) who both recorded on a track that regrettably will not be
released at this time; my deepest appreciation for your work in music
past and present. In the near future, I hope that we will be able to
further the work that was started here.
Thanks to producer Bob Thiele; to
recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder; and the staff of ABC Paramount
records. Our appreciation and thanks to all people of good will and
good works the world over, for in the bank of life is not good that
investment which surely pays the highest and most cherished
May we never forget that in the sunshine
of our lives, through the storm and after the rain--it is all with
God--in all ways and forever.
ALL PRAISE TO GOD.
With love to all, I thank
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