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The Brecker Brothers: Funky Sea, Funky Blue by Ken Trethewey
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brecker Brothers, 24 Mar 2014
This book is much like the others in this authors series on jazz fusion being a resume of the artists career together with a detailed discography. A real labour of love on this one as the Breckers have appeared on a huge number of records in a 40 year career. The author not only lists the brothers own records but those where they appeared as guests or session players. A drawback with these sort of books is that the author rates each record which of course is a matter of personal taste. I don't have a problem with this and find it interesting to compare my views with his which are broadly comparable, others may not like this approach. Clearly a niche market as the brothers are probably the… Read more
Weather Report: Electric Red by Kenneth R. Trethewey
Weather Report: Electric Red by Kenneth R. Trethewey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weather Report, 6 Mar 2014
Being a long time fan of WR I was especially interested to come across this book. It is not only a detailed study of WR's recorded output from 10971 to when they split up in 1986, but also traces the recordings of the groups founders, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, from the 1950's through to now. There is also information on side projects the two were involved with; I found the chapter on the recordings Joe and Wayne made with Miles Davis especially interesting. A large number of support players had gone through the WR "revolving door" over the years, especially drummers, and these are all listed in the book. Of special note is bass player Jaco Pastorius who helped raise WR to… Read more
Miles Davis: Dark Prince by Ken Trethewey
Miles Davis: Dark Prince by Ken Trethewey
4.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis, 1 Mar 2014
There have been a number of books written, of which I have read most, about Miles Davis so it is a big ask to come up with anything fresh on his life or recordings. This book is an agreeable overview of Miles career and his recordings.
Miles courted controversy both in his personal life and recordings. He comes across as quite disagreeable individual in the way he seems to have treated his female partners and music colleagues, but maybe that's all part of the mystic of the "Black Prince". His music career is interesting as he moved away from straight jazz to jazz rock to funk over a long 40 plus year career. Some hated his move to jazz rock, was it a "artistic" decision… Read more