Jade Visions: The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro (North Texas Lives of Musician Series) Paperback – 30 Aug 2014
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"It's astonishing that [LaFaro's] massive reputation is primarily based on a handful of albums that feature him in full flower: the four recorded with the Bill Evans Trio, two by Coleman and Jazz Abstractions, a Gunther Schuller recording. His work on these is so amazing, his facility on his instrument so fluid, his melodic ideas and group interplay concepts so advanced that they still reverberate today. Finally LaFaro has a worthy volume commensurate with his stature in music."--AllAboutJazz.com
Winner of the Best Book of 2009, Jazz Division, sponsored by AllAboutJazz-New York, 2009
Selected for "Best of the Best" from University Presses, ALA Annual Conference, 2010Winner of the 2010 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Jazz, 2010
"Fernandez' insightful comments about her brother offer far more than jazz scholars have ever known about this significant and somewhat enigmatic figure in the history of jazz. All in all, a very complete portrait."--Bill Milkowski, author of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius
"LaFaro's story is compelling not only because of his own prowess as a musician, but also due to the company he kept. How many musicians by their twenty-fifth year could say they had played with Benny Goodman, Ornette Coleman, Chet Baker, Stan Kenton, and Bill Evans? Only one. Scott LaFaro."--Frank Alkyer, publisher, Down Beat
"Scott LaFaro was a true jazz innovator. His sound, sense of time and melodic invention blazed a trail for modern bassists and he was a beacon of light for those players who dreamed of more freedom within structure. Bill Evans once described Scott's playing to me: 'He was really discovering something every night on the bandstand. He had all these ideas that were just bubbling up out of him. And he had a way of finding notes that were more fundamental than the fundamental.' " --Marc Johnson, bassist
"Scott LaFaro was a brilliant artist whose untimely death remains one of the great tragedies of jazz more than four decades later."--Jed Eisenman, manager of the Village Vanguard jazz club
"Scotty was amazing. . . worked with all five fingers. . . ridiculously wonderful. . . most inventive."--Dick Berk, drummer
"Scotty's playing was the bible for bass players ... Jimmy Blanton the old testament, Scotty, the new."--Christian McBride, bassist
About the Author
Helene LaFaro-Fernández was born in Irvington, New Jersey, USA but spent most of her youth in Geneva, New York. In 1957 she joined her brother Scott in Los Angeles and has made her home there ever since. This is her first book.
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Buy this book- especially for the inspiration you'll derive from the outpour of Lafaro's work. It will change the way you think.
The book is great, it's an intimate study by his sister but she wisely speaks through the voices of dozens of big names in the jazz world.
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This easy read, lovingly put together by LaFaro's sister, includes numerous passages by notable jazz musicians who worked with and knew LaFaro. This book is, at least, an important historical compilation of jazz anecdotes: at best, a warm, and loving tribute to a ground breaking, perhaps unsung hero of jazz.
In addition to the fascinating anecdotes, several musical examples are included that give a real insight to the artist behind the recordings. Bits of handwritten chord changes and sketches for new compositions taken from LaFaro's notebook made this reader feel as if I were viewing ancient sea scrolls for the first time.
Jazz bassists- this is required reading. Jazz enthusiasts- this will bring you a new depth of understanding for the music you love. All others- you will find a story, though tragic, of artistic expression of the highest level. Find inspiration here.