Conversations in Jazz: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews (Hardcover)

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By Ralph J. Gleason, Toby Gleason (Editor), Ted Gioia (Foreword by)
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"Some of the best interviews of jazz musicians that I've ever read. A must have for any jazz fans bookshelf." - Martin

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An extraordinary collection of revealing, personal interviews with fourteen jazz music legends

During his nearly forty years as a music journalist, Ralph J. Gleason recorded many in-depth interviews with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. These informal sessions, conducted mostly in Gleason's Berkeley, California, home, have never been transcribed and published in full until now.

This remarkable volume, a must-read for any jazz fan, serious musician, or musicologist, reveals fascinating, little-known details about these gifted artists, their lives, their personas, and, of course, their music. Bill Evans discusses his battle with severe depression, while John Coltrane talks about McCoy Tyner's integral role in shaping the sound of the Coltrane quartet, praising the pianist enthusiastically. Included also are interviews with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Jon Hendricks, and the immortal Duke Ellington, plus seven more of the most notable names in twentieth-century jazz.

About the Author

One of the most influential music journalists of his era, Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975) was co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine and the author of numerous articles and three highly regarded books on music and musicians. Toby Gleason is a veteran jazz radio producer, programmer, and host, and a former assistant editor at Rolling Stone.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300214529
ISBN-10: 0300214529
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 296
Language: English