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Murray, Albert

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Most widely held works by Albert Murray
Good morning blues : the autobiography of Count Basie by Count Basie( Book )

31 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and held by 1,839 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
Anger, and beyond: the Negro writer in the United States by Herbert Hill( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 1,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stomping the blues by Albert Murray( Book )

42 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in English and held by 1,219 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
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 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Train whistle guitar by Albert Murray( Book )

21 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 975 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
Trading twelves : the selected letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray by Ralph Ellison( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 699 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 )

15 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and held by 637 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 )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 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 562 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 Billie Holiday( Visual )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 411 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 )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 398 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 )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 391 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

Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )

10 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
Conjugations and reiterations by Albert Murray( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )

6 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
Rifftide : the life and opinions of Papa Jo Jones by Papa Jo Jones( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This autobiography of the legendary jazz drummer "Papa" Jo Jones explores the life of one of the most influential rhythm musicians of the swing era, discussing Jones' long tenure with Count Basie's band and his enduring influence on the genre. The work is derived from a collection interview recordings made by jazz writer Albert Murray during the nineteen seventies and eighties and provides a deeply personal narrative of the life and times of a jazz musician in the twentieth century
Collected essays & memoirs by Albert Murray( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his 1970 classic The Omni-Americans, Albert Murray (1916-2013) took aim at protest writers and social scientists who accentuated the "pathology" of race in American life. Against narratives of marginalization and victimhood, Murray argued that black art and culture, particularly jazz and blues, stand at the very headwaters of the American mainstream, and that much of what is best in American art embodies the "blues-hero tradition" - a heritage of grace, wit, and inspired improvisation in the face of adversity. Murray went on to refine these ideas in The Blue Devils of Nada and From the Briarpatch File, and all three landmark collections of essays are gathered here for the first time, together with Murray's memoir South to a Very Old Place, his brilliant lecture series The Hero and the Blues, his masterpiece of jazz criticism Stomping the Blues, and eight previously uncollected pieces
South to a very old place by Albert Murray( Book )

7 editions published between 1971 and 1995 in English and held by 10 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
Conversations with Albert Murray by Albert Murray( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Trading twelves : the selected letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Alternative Names
Albert Murray americký spisovatel

Albert Murray Amerikaans schrijver (1916-2013)

Albert Murray écrivain américain

Albert Murray escriptor estatunidenc

Albert Murray escritor estadounidense

Albert Murray scrittore e biografo statunitense

Murray, Albert Lee

Murray Albert Lee 1916-2013

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آلبرت مورای افسر و نویسنده آمریکایی

لي موراي كاتب أمريكي

English (268)

Stomping the bluesThe omni-Americans; new perspectives on Black experience and American cultureTrain whistle guitarTrading twelves : the selected letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert MurrayThe hero and the bluesThe spyglass tree : [a novel]The seven league boots : a novelLady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday