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My Foolish Heart

Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette



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Herbie Hancock



Night Train

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Live at Newport '58

Horace Silver



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Maceo Parker

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David A. Jasen, Gene Jones

Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1930

Schirmer Books

An entertaining and thoughtful history of great but neglected African-American tunesmiths from the vaudeville and early jazz eras. -- Kirkus Reviews


Miles Davis

Miles

Simon & Schuster

... could well be subtitled "Miles Tells All" for this volume is crammed with juicy gossip about most of the key figures in modern jazz. -- San Francisco Chronicle


Eric Dolphy, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane

Jazz Icons: John Coltrane Live in ‘60, ‘61 & ‘65

Jazz Icons

DVD - Viewing these three sets is like watching the wheels of change transforming jazz itself. . . Each set is breathtaking and inspiring, and when viewed together, deadly awesome. -- Bass Player Magazine


Doug Ramsey

Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond

Parkside Publications, Inc.

Rarely in the annals of jazz biography has a subject's career been documented so thoroughly... a monumental work. -- Downbeat Magazine


Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves

Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington Live in ‘58

Jazz Icons

DVD - This epic performance includes legendary players Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Quentin Jackson and Ray Nance performing some of the most beloved American music ever written. -- Jazzitude.com

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