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Murray, Albert

Works: 90 works in 321 publications in 3 languages and 15,588 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Documentary television programs  Music  Musical fiction  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Host, Commentator, Adapter, Author of screenplay, Contributor, Performer, Editor, Interviewee, Scenarist
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 )

34 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 4 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 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stomping the blues by Albert Murray( Book )

34 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and held by 1,200 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 )

21 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 990 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 694 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 642 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 : [a novel] by Albert Murray( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 596 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 575 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
Lady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday by Matthew Seig( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 412 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 magic keys by Albert Murray( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rowing up brilliant and curious in Alabama, Scooter was told he was destined for greatness. Now newly married and a graduate student in humanities at New York University, he goes about discovering just what he is destined to be great at. Anchored by Eunice, his “Mrs. Me,” Scooter makes the rounds of Manhattan?s libraries, jazz hangouts, galleries, skyscrapers, and endlessly fascinating streets, meeting the people who will help him find his way: dapper Taft Edison, who is setting their down-home dialect onto the pages of his novel-in-progress; Joe States, a drummer who brings old expectations to Scooter?s new life; and Jewel Templeton, no longer his girl but still a believer. When his budding career takes him back to Alabama, Scooter discovers both the promise of everyday bliss and intimations of adventures to come" --Publisher description
The art of Romare Bearden( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 370 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 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conjugations and reiterations by Albert Murray( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 326 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
Jazz( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 323 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
Jazz( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 297 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( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 292 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( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 286 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
Rifftide : the life and opinions of Papa Jo Jones by Jo Jones( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title presents Papa Jo Jones's (Jonathan David Samuel Jones) inimitable life and opinions, as originally told to the prominent jazz historian and novelist Albert Murray and now transcribed, arranged, and introduced by Paul Devlin. Drawn from fourteen tapes recorded over eight years beginning in 1977, the book is an impressionistic series of riffs and tales by Jones: his life as a musician on the road in segregated America, his outstanding solo career following his years with the Basie band, and his interactions with iconic artists and cultural figures of the time
Jazz( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amid the hard times of the Depression, new dances, the Lindy Hop and Swing, caught on at the dance halls of New York even as the jobless lined the streets and drought ruined Midwest farms. Jazz, during 1929 through 1935, lifted the nation's spirit. Record sales boomed while Armstrong became a major entertainer as singer, trumpeter, band leader, radio and film performer. Ellington's elegance, compositions, brilliant band films and recordings created a huge following in America and abroad. This segment also visits the careers of Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Billy Rose, Chick Webb, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and the record producer, John Hammond
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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 (236)

French (4)

German (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 tree : [a novel]The seven league boots : a novelLady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday