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Duke Ellington and his world : a biography
A. H. Lawrence
Adult Nonfiction ML410.E44 L39 2001

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Inspired by the lyrics of Stevie Wonder's 1976 hit "Sir Duke," this work contains an interesting and controversial mix of material. Lavezzoli, a musicologist and jazz musician, has interviewed Ellington colleagues (e.g., drummer Butch Ballard) and aficionados (e.g., recording technician and collector Jerry Valburn) to gain some insight into the great bandleader's music. Interspersed among those dialogs are chapters on musicians that Lavezzoli believes Ellington influenced. The author's choices of Frank Zappa, Prince, Sly Stone, George Clinton, James Brown, and Ravi Shankar will certainly arouse controversy among rock, funk, soul, and Hindustani purists; however, presenting Ellington through the work of stylistically dissimilar musicians forces the reader to listen to Ellington with new ears. Still, the approach is unusual and makes for a rather loose read. This is recommended for larger public libraries and may be of interest to smaller libraries with significant popular music book collections. [Ellington fans should also note that this month, Routledge will publish A.H. Lawrence's Duke Ellington and His World: A Biography (ISBN 0-415-93012-X. $35), which Schirmer was originally slated to publish in 1999. Schirmer, however, dropped the book at the last minute. LJ ran a review of that edition in 11/15/99. Ed.] James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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