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Murray, Albert

Works: 102 works in 400 publications in 2 languages and 20,114 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  Autobiographies  Musical fiction  Bildungsromans  History  Documentary television programs  Music  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Host, Commentator, Adapter, Author of screenplay, Contributor, Performer, Editor, Scenarist, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3563.U764, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Albert Murray
Good morning blues : the autobiography of Count Basie by Count Basie( Book )

39 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,864 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 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stomping the blues by Albert Murray( Book )

40 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in English and held by 1,206 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 974 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 )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 697 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 blue devils of Nada : a contemporary American approach to aesthetic statement by Albert Murray( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 688 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 )

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 587 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 564 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 )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 414 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 399 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

Bluesland : a portrait in American music by Kenneth 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
Conjugations and reiterations by Albert Murray( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz by Ken Burns( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 321 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 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
Jazz( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jazz video series by Ken Burns traces the history of Jazz from its roots in the African-American community of New Orleans to its heights and continuing presence. As the Great Depression deepens in the late 1930s, jazz thrives and swing becomes even more popular, but many jazz aficionados find swing too predictable and search for a newer sound. They find it in Kansas City, where a vibrant music scene in black dance halls, roadhouses, and juke joints is prospering with musicians such as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and drummers Jo Jones and Chick Webb. Pulsing, stomping and suffused with the blues, jazz is played by men and women seasoned in cutting contests that sometimes go on all night. Out of this ferment emerges pianist Count Basie, who forms a band that epitomizes the Kansas City sound. Basie's tenor saxophonist, Lester Young, records with Billie Holiday and challenges Coleman Hawkins as the reigning king of tenor sax. New women musicians including pianist Mary Lou Williams emerge on the jazz scene. Meanwhile, Louis Armstrong finds true love. Benny Goodman holds the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall and then is forced to rebuild the most popular band in America. And Chick Webb, in a bid to reach a national audience, takes a chance on an "ugly duckling", a teen-aged singer named Ella Fitzgerald -- and before tragedy strikes achieves all that he has hoped for. Billie Holiday finds a musical soulmate, travels with two of the best bands in the country, and then expresses her pain and indignation at racism in American in one anguished song, "Strange Fruit". In 1939, Coleman Hawkings records a familiar tune in a way so daring and so beautiful that it eventually helps lead to a musical revolution in jazz, while Duke Ellington undertakes a triumphal tour of Europe and sees for himself that World War II is only weeks away
Rifftide : the life and opinions of Papa Jo Jones by Jo Jones( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 271 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
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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 écrivain américain

Albert Murray escriptor estatunidenc

Albert Murray escritor estadounidense

Albert Murray scrittore e biografo statunitense

Murray, Albert Lee

Murray Albert Lee 1916-2013

Ли Мюррей

آلبرت مورای افسر و نویسنده آمریکایی

لي موراي كاتب أمريكي

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French (6)

The omni-Americans; new perspectives on Black experience and American cultureStomping the bluesTrain whistle guitarTrading twelves : the selected letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert MurrayThe blue devils of Nada : a contemporary American approach to aesthetic statementThe hero and the bluesThe spyglass tree : [a novel]The seven league boots : a novel