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Murray, Albert

Works: 77 works in 319 publications in 3 languages and 15,482 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Documentary television programs  Music  Fiction  History  Musical fiction  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Host, Adapter, Author of screenplay, Contributor, Performer, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3563.U764, 781.6509
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Albert Murray
Good morning blues : the autobiography of Count Basie by Count Basie( Book )

33 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,863 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
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )

30 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,507 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
The omni-Americans; new perspectives on Black experience and American culture by Albert Murray( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 1990 in English and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stomping the blues by Albert Murray( Book )

31 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and held by 1,203 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
Train whistle guitar by Albert Murray( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,000 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."
Trading twelves : the selected letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray by Ralph Ellison( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When two jazz musicians trade twelves with each other in a jam session, one musician begins by riffing off twelve bars of music, the other musician throws the twelve bars back through his instrument, the first answers, and so, back and forth, in an ecstatic exchange of ideas and emotions. So it is with these letters, joyful music created by the exchanges between two dear friends."--Jacket
The hero and the blues by Albert Murray( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and held by 645 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 598 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 Albert Murray( 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 420 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 406 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 398 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 )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conjugations and reiterations by Albert Murray( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bluesland a portrait in American music( Visual )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This video explores the blues-- with all its poetic irony and sly humor, its eroticism and timeless power. It traces its roots from the beginning of the 20th Century through the Mississippi Delta to Louisiana, Texas, Kansas City and Chicago. It includes foootage of Son House, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Jimmy Rushing, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington and many others
Count Basie swingin' the blues by Count Basie( Visual )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distinguished group of Basie alumni, including early band members Sweets Edison, Earle Warren and Claude Williams and later stars like Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet and Joe Williams come together to lend their insight to this film through on-camera interviews and round-table reminiscences. Basie himself appears in revealing interview clips from various stages of his life. Also includes vintage performance footage beginning in the late 1930s, and master recordings of the greatest Basie sessions
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 267 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
Romare Bearden, 1970-1980 : an exhibition by Romare Bearden( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bearden plays Bearden( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study of artist Romare Bearden and how his southern roots and years in Harlem have influenced his paintings and collages. In depicting, through his paintings, the black experience in America, he has been compared to such blues/jazz artists as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington
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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

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French (4)

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 statementTrading twelves : the selected letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert MurrayThe hero and the bluesThe spyglass treeThe seven league boots : a novel