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Night Train

Oscar Peterson Trio



Live at Newport '58

Horace Silver



My Foolish Heart

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Maria Schneider Orchestra

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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


Wes Montgomery

Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in '65

Jazz Icons

DVD - Close-ups of Montgomery's hands traversing the fretboard should be required viewing for any aspiring jazz guitarist. -- The Boston Phoenix


Charles Mingus

Jazz Icons: Charles Mingus Live in '64

Jazz Icons

The iconoclast among icons. This DVD gives witness to three of Mingus's finest live performances, with one of his most potent groups on fire. -- Bass Player Magazine


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


R. M. Cook, Brian Morton

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Eighth Edition (Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings)

Penguin (Non-Classics)

The leader in its field... if you own only one book on jazz, it really should be this one. -- International Record Review

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