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The Trumpet Kings: The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet [Paperback]

Scott Yanow
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Book Description

6 Sep 2001
These are the intriguing stories behind more than 500 top jazz trumpeters of all time - many of whom still play today. This collection of profiles covers such legends as Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis, plus lesser-known but also noteworthy trumpeters from all jazz eras. Each profile traces the "plot" of the player's life, emphasizing the personal or musical traits (if not eccentricities) that set each trumpeter apart from other musicians. Overall contributions to the world of jazz are also described, along with stories of colleagues, individual career details, and recommended recordings. The book also features a section on jazz figures who seem unlikely to have recorded on trumpet, but did, such as Benny Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael, and Mose Allison.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (6 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879306408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879306403
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Yanow wrote the Third Ear guides Swing and Behop, and edited the All Music Guide to Jazz. He lives in Burbank, CA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Book 13 Aug 2013
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Bought as a birthday present. Arrived in plenty of time, no problems.
Lovely reference book. I could do with more photos but I am not the Jazz buff, he will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Trumpet Kings. 15 Jun 2012
By Michael
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Highly detailed and one of the few Books that covers many "unknown" Trumpet Players. Well worth having if your a Jazz or Trumpet Enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to quickly access 12 Oct 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Fans of jazz music in general and the trumpet in particular will appreciate this survey of the great jazz trumpeters from Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to lesser-known players. The profiles read like fiction, providing dramatic biographical coverage of each player's life and musical abilities. An A-Z reference type approach makes this easy to quickly access.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trumpet is King 15 Dec 2010
By Clarence - Published on Amazon.com
No wonder these Trumpet Kings play the trumpet with such soul and meaning. This book charts the back story to some of the best trumpet players in the world. Another book I intend to take back to the arctic with me to share with my nieces and nephews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trumpet Kings 12 Feb 2008
By Piero - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Book! All the greatest players are included, with a selection of their most important CDs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS GARBAGE 30 Jan 2012
By B. Stiles - Published on Amazon.com
Completely misinformed author, clearly regurgitating or completely making up nonsense and selling it. He does not have a clue, this book is not even close to accurate. Do not buy this garbage.Do not buy anything from this libelous idiot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is my opinion, you make up your own. 7 April 2008
By Steven B. Laury - Published on Amazon.com
I have to admit, I buy Scott Yanow's books because I need a laugh once in a while and cannot believe the BS this author writes who knows nothing about playing Swing, Latin, Jazz, Be Bop, you get my point. Buy a book regarding music that is written by a real professional full time musician. This will give you the real meat of what great music is all about. First off, you have to be kidding. I started to read this book and It was like researching bacteria at the local library. But it is funny like his other books.
Obviously, this author has collected his information at his local county library, you know the ones that have about 500 books total in their building? What does he really know about Afro Cuban Latin or music in general and playing it on a real stage for a full time living? Nothing, according to this book. Also, have you ever heard Scott Yanow play music? Whew.............................. I've heard better one string banjo players. But that's my own opinion.
First came the Birth of the artist. Then came the Afterbirth of the Critic. In our opinion, Scott Yanow cannot not play his instrument well enough to make a full time living at music, so he went to college. He read a lot of books and became a critic and a so called author. In our opinion, Scott Yanow has NO creditability writing books or reviews regarding any style of music. Read his books and make up your own minds. Someone famous once said: "Those who do, do. Those who can't become critics". Could this is the case of Scott Yanow?

Rudy Gazooty of Full Time Real Music
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