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Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

Philip Clark

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The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time A01 By (author) N Philip Clark 238 164 44 740 BB Hardback 464 Headline Book Publishing Headline Publishing Group London United Kingdom BGF Biography: arts & entertainment AVGJ Jazz AVGC6 20th century & contemporary classical music 1.3 DNBF AVP AVRG1 Biography: arts & entertainment Musicians, singers, bands & groups Piano 6JD Jazz The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck An articulate, scrupulously researched account based on first-hand information, this book presents Brubeck's contribution to music with the critical insight that it deserves - ***** BBC Music Magazine This is the writing about jazz that we've been waiting for - Mike Westbrook The sheer descriptive verve, page after page, made me want to listen to every single musical example cited. A major achievement - Stephen Hough 'Definitive . . . remarkable. Clark writes intelligently and joyously.' - Mojo In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their extended British tour, recording an epic interview with the bandleader. Brubeck opened up as never before, disclosing his unique approach to jazz; the heady days of his 'classic' quartet in the 1950s-60s; hanging out with Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis; and the many controversies that had dogged his 66-year-long career. Alongside beloved figures like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Brubeck's music has achieved name recognition beyond jazz. But finding a convincing fit for Brubeck's legacy, one that reconciles his mass popularity with his advanced musical technique, has proved largely elusive. In Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, Clark provides us with a thoughtful, thorough, and long-overdue biography of an extraordinary man whose influence continues to inform and inspire musicians today. Structured around Clark's extended interview and intensive new research, this book tells one of the last untold stories of jazz, unearthing the secret history of 'Take Five' and many hitherto unknown aspects of Brubeck's early career - and about his creative relationship with his star saxophonist Paul Desmond. Woven throughout are cameo appearances from a host of unlikely figures from Sting, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and Keith Emerson, to John Cage, Leonard Bernstein, Harry Partch, and Edgard Varese. Each chapter explores a different theme or aspect of Brubeck's life and music, illuminating the core of his artistry and genius. Richly detailed . . . Dave Brubeck is the closest thing the 20th century had to a universal artist. This biography profoundly reflects that. * The Wire * Thorough and authoritative, Mr. Clark has done a great service to his subject's legacy. * Wall Street Journal * Clark hits the right notes for die-hard Brubeck disciples and jazz neophytes alike. * Publishers Weekly * A nontraditional biography that sings . . . an adoring biography as unconventional and compelling as its subject. * Kirkus Reviews * 'A life in Time' is about the timeless life of the inspired and inspiring jazz master Dave Brubeck. This biography, written with love and passion, is a landmark document that is insightful and inspiring all in itself. Bravo! * Joe Lovano * Biography, social history, musicological exploration ... this wonderful book is many things. But above all it is a sort of intoxicating literary jam session. Words and sentences spit and spin and swing creating rhythms and harmonies worthy of Brubeck himself. The sheer descriptive verve, page after page, made me want to listen to every single musical example cited. A major achievement. * Stephen Hough * A Life in Time is that rare beast: an uncompromisingly analytical study that absorbs and entertains, illuminating both its subject and his social context. * London Jazz News Review * Clark comes as close as anyone ever will to filling in the blanks. -- Richard Williams * The Guardian * This is the writing about jazz that we've been waiting for. By keeping the music at the centre, and interweaving the background of cultural, political and social change to illuminate the development of the music, Clark gives us a complete picture of the artist's life and work. * Mike Westbrook * Definitive . . . remarkable. Clark writes intelligently and joyously. * Mojo * This is a very fine book ... Clark enables the reader to understand Brubeck the pianist. Myths are demolished. It is the kind of writing that will drive the reader back to the records enabling the reader to hear the music as if for the first time. * Jazzviews.net * Illuminating as it is lyrical * Irish Times * Compelling * Jazz Times * An engaging new biography... Clark makes an eloquent case * The Sunday Telegraph * An enlightening read * Music Matters, BBC Radio 3 * Contains fascinating new material... Brubeck left a magnificent jazz legacy that is well served by Clark's impressive book. * uDiscoverMusic * A Life in Time is that rare beast: an uncompromisingly analytical study that absorbs and entertains, illuminating both its subject and his social context. * London Jazz News * The definitive biography of one of jazz's most successful pianists * The Guardian * PHILIP CLARK is a music journalist who has written for many leading publications including The Wire, Gramophone, MOJO, Jazzwise, The Spectator, the Times Literary Supplement and the Financial Times. He also writes regularly for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. He trained as a composer but these days prefers to produce his own sounds, playing piano as part of a weekly free improvisation workshop. Clark lives in Oxford with his wife, two children, two cats, and more recorded music than he can ever listen to. 18022020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 25.00 0.00 25.00 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 10 BERT GARD Y

An articulate, scrupulously researched account based on first-hand information, this book presents Brubeck's contribution to music with the critical insight that it deserves - ***** BBC Music Magazine

This is the writing about jazz that we've been waiting for - Mike Westbrook

The sheer descriptive verve, page after page, made me want to listen to every single musical example cited. A major achievement - Stephen Hough

'Definitive . . . remarkable. Clark writes intelligently and joyously.' - Mojo

In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their extended British tour, recording an epic interview with the bandleader. Brubeck opened up as never before, disclosing his unique approach to jazz; the heady days of his 'classic' quartet in the 1950s-60s; hanging out with Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis; and the many controversies that had dogged his 66-year-long career.

Alongside beloved figures like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Brubeck's music has achieved name recognition beyond jazz. But finding a convincing fit for Brubeck's legacy, one that reconciles his mass popularity with his advanced musical technique, has proved largely elusive. In Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, Clark provides us with a thoughtful, thorough, and long-overdue biography of an extraordinary man whose influence continues to inform and inspire musicians today.

Structured around Clark's extended interview and intensive new research, this book tells one of the last untold stories of jazz, unearthing the secret history of 'Take Five' and many hitherto unknown aspects of Brubeck's early career - and about his creative relationship with his star saxophonist Paul Desmond. Woven throughout are cameo appearances from a host of unlikely figures from Sting, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and Keith Emerson, to John Cage, Leonard Bernstein, Harry Partch, and Edgard Varese. Each chapter explores a different theme or aspect of Brubeck's life and music, illuminating the core of his artistry and genius.

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Book publisherHeadline Publishing Group
Publication date18 Feb 2020
FormatHardback
Pages464
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