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Murray, Albert

Works: 71 works in 317 publications in 4 languages and 15,106 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Fiction  Documentary television programs  Music  Musical fiction  Documentary films  Educational films  Internet videos 
Roles: Author, Host, Commentator, Adapter, Author of screenplay, Contributor, Editor, Performer, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3563.U764, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Albert Murray
Good morning blues : the autobiography of Count Basie by Count Basie( Book )

37 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Count Basie recalls his beginnings in Vaudeville and relates the highlights of his career including his work with other artists and bands, his tours, his recordings, etc
The omni-Americans; new perspectives on Black experience and American culture by Albert Murray( Book )

20 editions published between 1970 and 1990 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stomping the blues by Albert Murray( Book )

32 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of blues music, discussing how it developed, why it became so popular, how its followers are influenced by it, and other related topics
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz is born in New Orleans at the turn of the century emerging from several forms of music including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, creole music, funeral parade music and above all, the blues. Musicians profiled here who advanced early jazz are Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Keppard, and musicians of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Train whistle guitar by Albert Murray( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His schoolteacher, the barber, older girls, and a train-hopping musician teach Scooter just about all he needs to know in Gasoline Point, Alabama, during the 1920s
The blue devils of Nada : a contemporary American approach to aesthetic statement by Albert Murray( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the blues aesthetic in writing, music, and art, as "stylized expressions of transcendence through sheer style, always informed by an awareness of the vicissitudes of life."
The hero and the blues by Albert Murray( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this visionary book, Murray takes an audacious new look at black music and, in the process, succeeds in changing the way one reads literature. Murray's subject is the previously unacknowledged kinship between fiction and the blues. Both, he argues, are virtuoso performances that impart information, wisdom, and moral guidance to their audiences; both place a high value on improvisation; and both fiction and the blues create a delicate balance between the holy and the obscene, essential human values and cosmic absurdity. Encompassing artists from Ernest Hemingway to Duke Ellington, and from Thomas Mann to Richard Wright, The Hero and the Blues pays homage to a new black aesthetic
The spyglass tree by Albert Murray( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the growing up days of Scooter from boyhood to manhood into college
The seven league boots : a novel by Richard Halliburton( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black musician's portrait of 1920s America. He is Schoolboy, a bass player so named because he has a college degree, and as he plucks and bows his way across the country with a famous jazz band, he gives the reader a picture of an era. Subsequently he goes to Europe, the experience providing him with new perspective. By the author of Train Whistle Guitar
The magic keys by Albert Murray( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If Gabriel Garc'a M'rquez had chosen to write about Pakistani immigrants in England, he might have produced a novel as beautiful and devastating as Maps for Lost Lovers. Jugnu and Chanda have disappeared. Like thousands of people all over Enland, they were lovers and living together out of wedlock. To Chanda's family, however, the disgrace was unforgivable. Perhaps enough so as to warrant murder. As he explores the disappearance and its aftermath through the eyes of Jugnu's worldly older brother, Shamas, and his devout wife, Kaukab, Nadeem Aslam creates a closely observed and affecting portrait of people whose traditions threaten to bury them alive. The result is a tour de force, intimate, affecting, tragic and suspenseful. From the Trade Paperback edition
Lady day the many faces of Billie Holiday by Matthew Seig( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Many Faces of Billie Holiday invites viewers to see the many faces of this 'dark lady of the sonnets', as one poet called her, and to appreciate her undying art more deeply. Most presentations feature Lady Day as the sad victim of hard times and drugs. The simple fact of her life that matters above all others is that she was a great artist who, with Louis Armstrong, invented modern jazz singing. Mining a treasure trove of completely new information, the producers set the record straight -- and beautifully. In a voice that is Billie-like in its rasping wiseness and its ring, stage and screen star Ruby Dee read from Holiday's autobiography Lady Sings the Blues." -- Back of container
The art of Romare Bearden( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film traces Bearden's entire career, including his paintings and watercolors of the 1940's, experimental collages of 1964, large scale murals and late landscapes. Featuring commentary by friends including Wynton Marsalis, Albert Murray, and Emma Amos
Romare Bearden in black-and-white : photomontage projections, 1964 by Gail Gelburd( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conjugations and reiterations by Albert Murray( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bluesland a portrait in American music by Ken Mandel( Visual )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features rare and memorable film performances of the greatest performers like Bessie Smith, Son House, Jimmy Rushing, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, and B.B. King. Follows the music's many tributaries as blues flows into the sophisticated jazz of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie, the rhythm and blues of Louis Jordan and Dinah Washington, and the rock 'n' roll of Chuck Berry and Elvis
Rifftide : the life and opinions of Papa Jo Jones by Jo Jones( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The things that I have, I'll give to you. This is my legacy with you, Albert. This is my last hoo-rah. "So begins the autobiography of Jonathan David Samuel Jones--or as the world better knows him, Papa Jo Jones. Playing with Count Basie and his orchestra when they exploded out of Kansas City in 1936 and took the world by storm, Jones went on to inspire generations of jazz drummers, but until now few have had access to his own remarkable story. "Rifftide" presents Jones's inimitable life and opinions, as originally told by Jones to the prominent jazz historian and novelist
South to a very old place by Albert Murray( Book )

4 editions published between 1971 and 1995 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The highly acclaimed novelist and biographer Albert Murray tells his classic memoir of growing up in Alabama during the 1920s and 1930s in South to a Very Old Place. Intermingling remembrances of youth with engaging conversation, African-American folklore, and astute cultural criticism, it is at once an intimate personal journey and an incisive social history, informed by "the poet's language, the novelist's sensibility, the essayist's clarity, the jazzman's imagination, the gospel singer's depth of feeling" (The New Yorker). "His perceptions are firmly based in the blues idiom, and it is black music no less than literary criticism and historical analysis that gives his work its authenticity, its emotional vigor and its tenacious hold on the intellect.[It] destroys some fashionable socio-political interpretations of growing up black."--Toni Morrison, The New York Times Book Review
Murray talks music : Albert Murray on jazz and blues by Albert Murray( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From the briarpatch file : on context, procedure, and American identity by Albert Murray( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In From the Briarpatch File - a gathering of erudite, provocative, and iconoclastic essays, reviews, and interviews - Albert Murray approaches contemporary America through its artistic expressions of itself and through the inventiveness of his own thinking and experience. He writes about New York in the 1920s and about the beginnings of his career as a writer. He gives us profound assessments of the achievements of Duke Ellington and William Faulkner. He outlines the responsibilities of the black educated elite and discusses the near-tragic, near-comic essence of the blues. His subject is no less than the life of America today; the clarity and the singularity of his vision, thought, and language are no less than stunning."--Jacket
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The blue devils of Nada : a contemporary American approach to aesthetic statement
Alternative Names
Albert Murray americký spisovatel

Albert Murray Amerikaans schrijver (1916-2013)

Albert Murray scrittore e biografo statunitense

Murray, Albert Lee

آلبرت مورای افسر و نویسنده آمریکایی

English (233)

French (4)

German (2)

Italian (2)

The omni-Americans; new perspectives on Black experience and American cultureStomping the bluesTrain whistle guitarThe blue devils of Nada : a contemporary American approach to aesthetic statementThe hero and the bluesThe spyglass treeThe seven league boots : a novelThe magic keys