Trading Twelves epub ↠ The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray

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Ician throws the twelve bars back through his instrument the first answers and so on 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 Reading these letters you sense that each man was the other's lifeline I believe these letters were originally intended for publication so there is an element of self conscious grandstanding in many of them Still fun though to see their semi casual back and forth about current writers and musicians What shocked me is the complete disdain they have for the younger voices in jazz like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis Neither of them has anything good to say about these two while they completely revere Duke Ellington Two telling excerptsI cannot understand for the life of me what these guys are finding so revolutionary in Gil Evans Miles Davis' Miles Ahead and Porgy Bess It's nice and pleasant but other than that all I hear is a bunch of studio musicians playing decadent exercises in orchestration based on Ellington's old pastel period It is incredible to me that anybody seriously interested in jazz would rave about Miles Ahead and pan or pass up Such Sweet ThunderAlbert Murray to Ralph Ellison March 22 1959Old Duke is having a good year The Jazz Party record has some very fine spots The Anatomy of Murder record from the film soundtrack stands up even better as an LP than it does in the picture a collection of cocktail lounge pieces At the Bal Masue come off very pleasantly indeed Old Duke is still reaching back man; and he hits the continuity is always there the newness individuality and the relevance Albert Murray to Ralph Ellison August 17 1959I was thrilled to see their comments on a couple Duke Ellington recordings I hadn't heard of before At the Bal Masue and Duke's Mixture which Ellison commented on in an earlier letter And I loved the comment on the Anatomy of a Murder soundtrack totally agree with Murray's judgement on that one Now I really have to go and read the new Library of America collection of Albert Murray's writings

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Trading Twelves The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert MurrayThat the emotional and intellectual companionship they found in each other was uniue in their lives They spill it all out here their struggles frustrations ambitions fears; thoughts on literary gossip jazz photography and the result is literary history and a book that reminds you what friendship is all abou “Been rereading Moby Dick again and appreciating for the first time what a truly good time Melville was having when he wrote it Some of it is uite funny and all of it is pervaded by the spirit of play like real jazz sounds when a master is manipulating it The thing’s full of riffs man; no wonder the book wasn’t understood in its own time not enough moses were able to read it”

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Trading Twelves epub ↠ The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray ☆ A joyous and important collection of letters between two great American writers and old friends baring their hearts to each other about life work and the American sceneWhen two jazz musicians trade twelves with each otA joyous and important collection of letters between two great American writers and old friends baring their hearts to each other about life work and the American sceneWhen two jazz musicians trade twelves with each other in a jam session one musician begins by riffing off twelve bars of music the other mus I loved the friendship between these two Letter writing is such a lost art form and Ellison and Murray were clearly masters at it Also uite fascinating to read their commentary on race in America seems not much has changed in the 50 years since these letters were written I thought their disdain for jazz greats was amusing and I've got a reading list going based on their recommendations to each other Some of their conversations were beyond me but this is so worth the read