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A very readable and interesting book Feb. 21 2012
By J. Rosenthal - Published on
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The Ellington Century by David Schiff is very readable and covered an enormous amount of ground centering on jazz and Duke Ellington and their importance to music worldwide during the 20th century. Schiff covers many innovative composers and how they responded to prejudice (not just racism although certainly that) war, and technological change (among other things, and there's sex too!) experienced during the period. Schiff "meshes" all the composers and the music which makes the book fun to read and enables you to grasp his point. I had never thought in this way before about classical and jazz music, so it made for a very different and interesting book.
A must read for jazz scholars and players alike. May 15 2013
By Tony Steve - Published on
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This is a wonderful book by Dr. Schiff.
If you want deeper insight to Ellington, his music and the world around him this is the book to begin your journey.
A Giant of our Culture Feb. 22 2013
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When you consider the role of racial bigotry in our culture as its overarching feature, the accomplishments of Duke Ellington are even more amazing than the unparalled beauty of his work. So much of what Ellington and his orchestera did over the years influences our lives. Probably more importantly it imparts joy across the racial divide - 'nobody doesn't love ellington'. Schiff's work tries to explain all that and, although it falls short of that goal, goes well down the road toward it.