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Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever by Farah Jasmine Griffin

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Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 2006-2007 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. There really is nothing to recommend this book over others, except its brevity. The authors also do a nice job in differentiating the two men and contrasting their styles. When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested John Coltrane. One exemplified the tough, closemouthed cool of the fifties while the other made the transition during this time from unfocused junkie to a re… When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested John Coltrane. This is really beaten to death in the concluding chapter.

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Clawing at the Limits of Cool

clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

He practiced in the hotels; he practiced on the bus; he practiced at the gigs in between sets. With vastly different personal and musical styles, the two men could not have been more different. With tighter editing and vigorous fact-checking , it could have been really excellent. My previous knowledge of the biographies of Miles and Trane was mostly pieced together by pouring over the liner notes to scores of their albums and picking up tidbits here and there on the web, so it was great to finally read a decent history of their lives and work all in one place. And it continues with the last leg of their journey together, a time when the Miles Davis group, featuring John Coltrane, forever changed the landscape of jazz.

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Farah Griffin

clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

A little background in music theory on behalf of the reader is helpful to follow along with some of the analyses of the music. Their years together mark a watershed moment, and Clawing at the Limits of Cool draws on both cultural history and precise musical detail to illuminate the importance that their collaboration would have for jazz and American history as a whole. He is an avid composer and teaches music and Africana Studies at Brooklyn College. One exemplified the tough, closemouthed cool of the fifties while the other made the transition during this time from unfocused junkie to a religious pilgrim who would inspire others to pursue spiritual enlightenment in the coming decade. Thus, it should come as no surprise that a book about these two jazz giants is as much a lesson in jazz history as it is an examination into their artistry.

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Clawing at the limits of cool : Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the greatest jazz collaboration ever / Farah Jasmine Griffin, Salim Washington

clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

For musicians, there is much here to digest and enjoy. What might have seemed like a minor decision at the time would instead set the course not just for each of their careers but for jazz itself. Clawing at the Limits of Cool is the first book to focus on Davis and Coltrane's musical interaction and its historical context, on the ways they influenced each other and the tremendous impact they've had on culture since then. Author Biography Farah Jasmine Griffin is a professor of English and comparative literature and African American Studies at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research in African American studies. Largely avoiding technical pedantry or dull description, they put forth a cogent synthesis of musicological and cultural analysis.

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clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

The book is well-written, and the biographical info is great. What might have seemed like a minor decision at the time would instead set the course not just for each of their careers but for jazz itself. When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested John Coltrane. So the technical discussions about music rather sailed over my head but has inspired me to attempt to teach myself music theory. That can be a good thing, but one must have knowledge of not only music terminology, but more specifically, jazz terminology and the components of a jazz song. Read Porter on Coltrane, and read lots of others including Davis himself on Davis.

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Clawing at the limits of cool : Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the greatest jazz collaboration ever / Farah Jasmine Griffin, Salim Washington

clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

However this book looses me in conjecture and supposition. This is a well-written, informative book. Though a brilliant musician and seminal jazz figure, Miles the person is easily the less likeable of A pretty good overview of these two giants of jazz. The book explores how they came together, influenced each other, and then went their seperate ways. It simply sheds light on the relationship between Davis and Coltrane.

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Clawing at the Limits of Cool

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It chronicles the drama of their collaboration, from their initial historic partnership to the interlude of their breakup, during which each man made tremendous progress toward his personal artistic goals. This has been the most interesting non-fiction book I have read. His unlikely choice would set the course t just for each of their careers but for jazz. It was extremely techincal at times, which was fantastic for a musician, such as myself. It would be great if the authors had a website in which they list all the titles of compositions that will be discussed, and perhaps allow readers to listen to those songs on their website. This has been the most interesting non-fiction book I have read. He is an avid composer and teaches music and Africana Studies at Brooklyn College.

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Clawing at the Limits of Cool by Salim Washington · OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive): eBooks, audiobooks and videos for libraries

clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

That can be a good thing, but one must have knowledge of not only music terminology, but more specifically, jazz terminology and the components of a jazz song. One exemplified the tough, closemouthed cool of the fifties while the other made the transition during this time from unfocused junkie to a religious pilgrim who would inspire others to pursue spiritual enlightenment in the coming decade. If you're familiar with , you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. It chronicles the drama of their collaboration, from their initial historic partnership to the interlude of their breakup, during which each man made tremendous progress toward his personal artistic goals. To be sure, both musicians were very concerned about the plight of blacks in America, and the influence of the civil rights movement on these musicians and the influence of their music on the civil rights music are undeniable. The styles of Coltrane and Davis are studied in exacting detail and, although the authors are obviously ardent fans of the two men, they don't shy away from discussing the negative critiques both musicians, especially Coltrane, faced throughout their careers.

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Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever by Farah Jasmine Griffin

clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. This book offered a very unique perspective on what I agree is the greatest musical collaboration in the history of jazz. Their years together mark a watershed moment, and Clawing at the Limits of Cool draws on both cultural history and precise musical detail to illuminate the importance that their collaboration would have for jazz and American history as a whole. These were two distinct individuals who the book says blended their music together superlatively - I will have to listen to what I can find where they play together. It chronicles the drama of their collaboration, from their initial historic partnership to the interlude of their breakup, during which each man made tremendous progress toward his personal artistic goals. Clawing at the Limits of Cool is the first book to focus on Davis and Coltrane's musical interaction and its historical context, on the ways they influenced each other and the tremendous impact they've had on culture since then. Either way, try your local Coltrane's collaborative period with Miles Davis and its place in history is covered.

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Clawing at the Limits of Cool by Salim Washington · OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive): eBooks, audiobooks and videos for libraries

clawing at the limits of cool griffin farah jasmine washington salim

While the book is very well written, it could have benefitted from better editing. The book is well-written, and the biographical info is great. I had not known about there differences until reading this book. Read Porter on Coltrane, and read lots of others including Davis himself on Davis. We receive exhaustive analyses of classic recordings such as Kind of Blue Columbia, 1959 and Milestones Columbia, 1958. With vastly different personal and musical styles, the two men could not have been more different. What might have seemed like a minor decision at the time would instead set the course not just for each of their careers but for jazz itself.

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