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Murray, Albert

Works: 93 works in 325 publications in 1 language and 17,017 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Musical fiction  History  Music  Records and correspondence  Domestic fiction  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Host, Adapter, Author of screenplay, Contributor, Editor, Performer, Scenarist, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3563.U764, B
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Most widely held works about Albert Murray
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Most widely held works by Albert Murray
Good morning blues : the autobiography of Count Basie by Count Basie( Book )
20 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,793 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 )
19 editions published between 1970 and 1990 in English and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stomping the blues by Albert Murray( Book )
27 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and held by 1,212 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 )
18 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,019 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 2013 in English and held by 729 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 )
14 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 720 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 )
10 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and held by 713 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 )
8 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 647 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 )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 606 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
Rifftide : the life and opinions of Papa Jo Jones by Jo Jones( )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
& Quot;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
The magic keys by Albert Murray( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 453 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
The art of Romare Bearden ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 404 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
Lady day the many faces of Billie Holiday by Matthew Seig( Visual )
5 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features rare TV and movie clips, along with commentary by a stellar group of jazz instrumentalists and singers who knew Billie Holiday well
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 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conjugations and reiterations by Albert Murray( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 338 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
Bluesland a portrait in American music ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 321 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
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When America enters WWII in 1941, swing becomes a symbol of democracy and entertainers like Dave Brubeck, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw take their music to the armed forces overseas. In Nazi-occupied Europe, gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt blends jazz with his own musical traditions. In New York Billie Holiday is unofficial queen despite a growing addiction to narcotics. Duke Ellington, assisted by the gifted young arranger, Billy Strayhorn, brings his music to ever-greater heights. After dark a small underground of gifted young musicians led by the trumpet virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonists Charlie Parker and Ben Webster begin to develop a new fast and intricate way of playing, developing a new music called bebop. Meanwhile in 1945, black soldiers return home to the same racism they fought against, and a growing unrest sets the seeds for future rebellions
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the late 1930s, as the Great Depression deepens, jazz thrives. The saxophone emerges as an iconic instrument of the music; this segment introduces two of its masters, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Young migrates to Kansas City, where a vibrant music scene is prospering with musicians such as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and drummers Jo Jones and Chick Webb. Out of this ferment emerges pianist Count Basie, who forms a band that epitomizes the Kansas City sound. Billie Holiday cuts recordings while other women musicians, including pianist Mary Lou Williams and singer Ella Fitzgerald emerge on the jazz scene. Benny Goodman holds the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall while Duke Ellington tours Europe
Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the mid 1930s, as the Great Depression refuses to lift, Benny Goodman finds himself hailed as the "King of Swing" and becomes the first white bandleader to hire black musicians. He has a host or rivals among them, Chick Webb, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Lunceford, Glen Miller and Artie Shaw. Louis Armstrong heads a big band of his own, while Duke Ellington continues his independent course, but great black artists still can't eat or sleep in many of the hotels where they perform. Billie Holiday emerges from a childhood of tragedy to begin her career as the greatest of all female jazz singers
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Alternative Names
Murray, Albert Lee
English (239)