Cats of Any Color
Jazz, Black and White
By (author) Gene Lees
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Cats of Any Color by Gene Lees
Book DescriptionIn a series of candid interviews with jazz players, composers, and critics, Gene Lees explores racism in the past and present of jazz--both the white racism that for decades ghettoized black musicians and their music, and the prejudice that Lees documents of some black musicians against their white counterparts. With subjects ranging from Horace Silver to Dave Brubeck to Red Rodney, and a new introduction analyzing recent developments, Cats of Any Color chronicles jazz as a multiethnic art.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306809507
(210mm x 136mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 8-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gene Lees
One Long Tune, Paperback (February 2007)
Chet Atkins called Lenny Breau (1941-1984) ""the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth."" Breau's virtuosity influenced countless performers, but unfortunately it came at the expense of his personal relationships. This book analyzes Breau and his recordings to reveal an enormously gifted man and the inner workings of his music.
Friends Along the Way, Hardback (October 2003)
This title offers minibiographies of 15 figures from the jazz world - some of them jazz greats, some lesser-known figures, and some up-and-comers. Combining conversations and memoirs with critical commentary, Lees's profiles should captivate jazz fans, performers and historians alike.
Did They Mention the Music?, Paperback (December 2001)
This is the remarkable autobiography of composer and pianist Henry Mancini, whose more than ninety film scores include The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Touch of Evil, and Victor/Victoria.
Modern Rhyming Dictionary, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Gene Lees
For beginners, professionals, poets and teachers, this revised edition of the lyric writing guide includes a chapter on the lack of literacy in some modern songs and how to avoid it, and a chapter examining why words from some language families are subconsciously more appealing than others.
US Kirkus Review » Another sterling collection of essays by one of our best jazz critics, drawn from his superb newsletter, Jazzletter. Lees (Waiting for Dizzy, 1991, etc.) is back with more of the elegant writing and insightful thought that has made him such a highly praised music critic. Tying this collection together are some sharp observations - both by Lees and by the musicians he profiles - about the ethnic and racial roots of jazz and the ways in which they reflect the tensions that afflict American society. In the opening essay, he writes movingly about growing up in Canada as a young jazz buff and about his encounters with racism both as an adolescent and as a young journalist. Elsewhere in the book, he offers profiles of Dave Brubeck, who is part Native American; musicologist Dominique de Lerma, who discourses on the multiplicity of cultures that have fed into jazz music; bassist Red Mitchell, who offers some mordant comments on the decay of American democracy; singer Ernie Andrews, who talks about the effects of racism in Los Angeles both in the '40s and today. Finally, in one of the longest pieces in any of his collections, he takes on the anti-white bias of many black musicians and writers, and fires a convincing broadside at the monumental and hollow edifice that is trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. This last piece is not calculated to endear him to anyone of a black nationalist bent, nor will its equally fiery attacks on white racism win him any friends among neoconservatives. But Lees has long been one of those handful of social and arts critics who say what needs to be said. Essential reading for any serious jazz fan or student of American culture. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Gene Lees
Gene Lees, three-time winner of the ASCAP--Deems Taylor award, is the author of several books and his widely acclaimed Jazzletter. He lives in Ojai, California.
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