The year 2016 will mark the centennial of the birth of Albert Murray (1916-2013), who in thirteen books was by turns a lyrical novelist, a keen and iconoclastic social critic, and a formidable interpreter of jazz and blues. Not only did his prizewinning study Stomping the Blues (1976) influence musicians far and wide, it was also a foundational text for Jazz at Lincoln Center, which he cofounded with Wynton Marsalis and others in 1987. Murray Talks Music brings together, for the first time, many of Murray’s finest interviews and essays on musicmost never before publishedas well as rare liner notes and prefaces.
For those new to Murray, this book will be a perfect introduction, and those familiar with his workeven scholarswill be surprised, dazzled, and delighted. Highlights include Dizzy Gillespie’s richly substantive 1985 conversation; an in-depth 1994 dialogue on jazz and culture between Murray and Wynton Marsalis; and a long 1989 discussion on Duke Ellington between Murray, Stanley Crouch, and Loren Schoenberg. Also interviewed by Murray are producer and impresario John Hammond and singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine. All of thse conversations were previously lost to history. A celebrated educator and raconteur, Murray engages with a variety of scholars and journalists while making insightful connections among music, literature, and other art formsall with ample humor and from unforeseen angles.
Leading Murray scholar Paul Devlin contextualizes the essays and interviews in an extensive introduction, which doubles as a major commentary on Murray’s life and work. The volume also presents sixteen never-before-seen photographs of jazz greats taken by Murray.
No jazz collection will be complete without Murray Talks Music, which includes a foreword by Gary Giddins and an afterword by Greg Thomas.
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About the Author
Albert Murray (1916-2013), author of thirteen books including Stomping the Blues, was a renowned jazz historian, novelist, and social and cultural theorist. He cofounded Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1987.
Paul Devlin teaches at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and at St. John’s University. He earned his PhD in English at Stony Brook University in 2014. He is the editor of Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones, as told to Albert Murray (Minnesota), a finalist for the Jazz Journalists Association’s book award in 2012.
Gary Giddins is one of the world’s foremost jazz critics. His books include Visions of Jazz, Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker (Minnesota), Satchmo, Weather Bird, Natural Selection, Jazz, and Warning Shadows.
Greg Thomas is an award-winning jazz writer, editor, educator, and broadcast journalist. His work on jazz has been published in the Village Voice, The Root, All About Jazz, Salon, The Guardian, American Legacy, and the New York Daily News, for which he was the jazz columnist.
Table of Contents
Foreword: St. George and the BluesGary GiddinsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction. Albert Murray: Talking the Blues and So Much MorePaul Devlin1. Interview with Wynton Marsalis2. Interview with Dizzy Gillespie3. Interview with Dan Minor4. Interview with Greg Thomas5. A Talk at St. John’s University (with Paul Devlin)6. Interview with Russell Neff7. Liner Notes to Revelations and Blues Suite8. Murray’s Note on The Second Line and The Third Line9. Foreword to The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing: The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards10. Foreword to Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz11. Interview with Paul Devlin12. Murray’s 1958 Morocco Lecture Notes (translated by Lauren Walsh)13. Biographical Sketch of Count Basie14. Interview with Susan Page15. Interview with Robert G. O’Meally16. A Discussion of Duke Ellington with Loren Schoenberg and Stanley Crouch17. Jazz: Notes Toward a DefinitionAfterword: The Blues and Jazz as Aesthetic StatementGreg ThomasAppendix 1: Albert Murray’s Canon of Jazz ArrangementsAppendix 2: American Patterns and Variations on Rhythm and Tune: An Ellington-Strayhorn ListNotesIndex