Duke Ellington: Great Achievers (Great Achievers: Lives of the Physically Challenged (Paperback))

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"The text presents a unified view of Ellington as a 'special' human being; convinced even as a young boy that he would do great things in life, he labeled himself Duke and set about looking for the venue in which he would excel. He found it in jazz".--Booklist. Includes discography.

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James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including "Give Dad My Best" and "Planet out of the Past". He has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the "New York Times Magazine", "Reader s Digest", and "Boy s Life". His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor.

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Characterizing Ellington as ``perhaps the most important figure in American music of the 20th century,'' the author looks at the composer's personality and career, focusing especially on his musical strengths and weaknesses. Collier, who has written several books on the history of jazzincluding a longer one on the Dukeclaims that Ellington didn't have the discipline to study either his instrument or music theory and that consequently he never became a brilliant pianist, while his longer compositions lacked cohesive structure. He did have a gifted ear, however, and, in working out musical ideas with his band (his preferred method of composition), he developed a fresh, unique, instantly recognizable sound that led to a long string of hits and standards. Collier succumbs occasionally to Jazz Historians' Diseasetedious recitation of names and personnel changesbut he makes clear what most of the musicians who played with Ellington contributed in the way of special techniques or abilities, while his musical analyses are easy to follow. Brief bibliography and discography. Index not seen. (Biography. 12-15) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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