Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography Of Count Basie

Good Morning Blues The Autobiography Of Count Basie Count Basie pianist composer and icon of big band jazz known for such classics as Jumpin at the Woodside Cherokee and One O Clock Jump recounts his life story to Albert Murray with a

  • Title: Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography Of Count Basie
  • Author: Count Basie Albert Murray
  • ISBN: 9780306811074
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Count Basie 1904 1984 , pianist, composer, and icon of big band jazz, known for such classics as Jumpin at the Woodside, Cherokee, and One O Clock Jump, recounts his life story to Albert Murray with all the charm and dry humor of two friends sitting at the kitchen table Good Morning Blues is both testimony and tribute to a remarkable, rich life.

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    1. One of the great big jazz band leaders, Count Basie told his story to Albert Murray just prior to Basie’s death, from his childhood and youth in Red Bank, New Jersey, to his world citizen fame as a jazz ambassador and endlessly touring performer in the early 1980s. Murray manages to transcribe Basie’s voice to the page so it swings surprisingly well, making an engaging chronicle despite a particularly reticent storyteller.Basie won’t brag, he won’t explain, he won’t gossip, he won’t [...]

    2. "We stopped off there and went into a bar where you could get sandwiches and cigarettes and candy and things like that, and they had a good piano in there. That's the part I will never forget, because I made the mistake of sitting down at that piano, and that's when I got my introduction to a keyboard monster by the name of Art Tatum. That's how I met him. I remember that part only too well.I don't know why I sat down at that piano. We were all in there to get a little taste and little snack, an [...]

    3. So very glad I came across this book.It happened this way: By chance a couple years ago I saw an obituary of Albert Murray, I think it was online, and I wondered how on earth I had failed to never have heard of this American black author before. The only thing of his I could find to read online was an excerpt from a book of his correspondence with another [well-known] black author and those few pages were so very interesting.I therefore set about looking for what Albert Murray had written, and f [...]

    4. A delight listening to Bill tell his story, I especially enjoyed the Red Bank days and his sentiments regarding his mother. It mustn't have been easy in those early years, but Count sheds a gracious light on events with gentleness, style, and humor--five stars for content, but in need of a good copyeditor's magic, nothing major, just delete some of the repetition--some very funny stuff here coming straight from Count back in the glory days of Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, everybody, [...]

    5. Excellent history and tangential mention of all kinds of interesting facts & relationships. (Unfortunately, it reads a bit too much like a stereotypical history book.)Two follow-ups I now want to watch/read: _Hot Jazz: A Guide to Swing Musicby Hugues-Panassié (for describing a pop trend while it was trendy, rather than the vintage style it is today)"The Last of the Blue Devils" produced by Bruce Ricker (for the other side of the story)

    6. Not for anyone but the most die-hard Basie fans; and even for them (me) it's quite a long slog. There's plenty about the band's schedules of one-nighters, the numerous personnel changes, and recording sessions; the truly memorable anecdotes are scattered in between. Still, it was worth getting through; Basie's voice comes through loud and clear, and many stories are laugh-out-loud hilarious. Don't look for scandal; Basie has nothing bad to say about anyone, and an abundance of praise for both hi [...]

    7. Le plus gros des pavés que j'ai dans ma bibliothèque personnelle, d'habitude les gros livres ne me découragent pas plus que çauf peut-être celui-là. Il est bientôt temps que je le dépoussière en tout cas, ça doit faire une dizaine d'années qu'il traîne dans mes étagères et pourtant je sais que Count Basie a plein d'anecdotes inédites à faire partager. ça sera aussi l'occasion pour moi de redécouvrir le ragtime et toute cette bonne vieille musique qui a marqué cette époque.

    8. Not recommended. I'm glad I finished it but it was a pretty long read. Usually I love reading biographies, especially those written about musicians, but this one wasn't very well ordered or compelling.

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