Archive for December, 2014

W. Royal Stokes’ Roundup of 90 or So Jazz, Blues, Beyond, and Other Books Published in the Past Year or So

December 29th 2014

  1. BIOGRAPHIES, DISCOGRAPHIES, ETC.
  2. HISTORY, REFERENCE, CRITICISM, ETC.
  3. COFFEE-TABLE BOOKS
  4. SCARECROW PRESS
  5. MISCELLANEOUS

1) BIOGRAPHIES, DISCOGRAPHIES, ETC.

The Ivory Men: Black Bob & Blind John 1932-1942: A Discography (Chris Hillman Books), by Christopher Hillman and Daniel Gugolz with Paolo Fornara, presents pianists Black Bob and Blind John Davis in a variety of combos recorded by Vocalion, Bluebird, and other labels during the period cited. This 78-page thoroughly documented discography can — as do the earlier monographs by former publisher Cygnet — serve as a model for discographical research. Acting as musical archaeologists, the authors have unearthed all available information about the two musicians and their recordings. Highly recommended for both its text and the accompanying CD that repeated listening well rewards. (Order from gooferdust@hotmail.com) Photographs, illustrations of record labels, bibliography, index, and a CD of 26 tracks.

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