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Book Review: Reading Jazz edited by Robert Gottlieb (1999) – Worthwhile anthology of Jazz


After year’s of receiving their accusing stares from my bookshelf, I committed to myself that I would finish both Visions of Jazz by Gary Giddens and Reading Jazz. The latter is an anthology of Autobiography, Reporting, and Criticism from the major … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley – The Genius


Continuing in my reading about jazz, I just finished the masterpiece Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley. It was an incredible read about a largely misunderstood genius. I have always enjoyed listening to Monk, but never exactly understood why. … Continue reading

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Miles of Miles


I finished both the autobiography of Miles Davis as well as Ian Carr’s excellent biography a few weeks back. Both were exhilarating reading to be honest. As for the autobiography I love Miles’ style injected with loads of vernacular and … Continue reading

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Reading about Jazz: Giddins, Trane, Pepper and Miles – oh and Dylan too


I have been on a jazz kick for nearly a month. Well, for years actually but recently, more obsessed tha n usual. I had a copy of Gary Giddins’ Visions of Jazz staring at me accusingly from my bookshelf for … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons: The Wait for Winds of Winter Begins…


I have mentioned before that I had made several attempts at reading the GoT series of books after having become addicted to the HBO show based on them. I felt that the first two books – A Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: A Feast for Crows


My dad gave me the first four Game of Thrones books over two years ago. I have been a fan of the TV show from the very beginning and loved both S02 and So3, but my first attempts at reading the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross – Awesomeness People


Who says history is boring? And who says classical music died with Wagner? Well I have actually always liked history but was largely unfamiliar with 20c classical music until I read Ross’ excellent The Rest is Noise. Alex Ross does … Continue reading

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