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eBook African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Refiguring American Music) ePub

by Willard Jenkins,Randy Weston

  • ISBN: 0822347849
  • Category: Music
  • Subcategory: Photo and Art
  • Author: Willard Jenkins,Randy Weston
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books; 1st edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Pages: 352
  • ePub book: 1676 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1595 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 704

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African Rhythms ably recounts his sometimes arduous journey to becoming a true cross-cultural ambassador. Randy Weston is a monumental figure in contemporary jazz, a man whose creativity remains undimmed at the age of 83.

African Rhythms ably recounts his sometimes arduous journey to becoming a true cross-cultural ambassador.

Randolph Edward "Randy" Weston (April 6, 1926 – September 1, 2018) was an American jazz pianist and composer whose creativity was inspired by his ancestral African connection. Weston's piano style owed much to Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, whom he cited in a 2018 video as among pianists he counted as influences, as well as Count Basie, Nat King Cole and Earl Hines. Beginning in the 1950s, Weston worked often with trombonist and arranger Melba Liston.

Brilliantly rendered, intricately detailed, African Rhythms, a true collaboration between Weston and Jenkins, is a wonderful testament to a wise, spiritual man's soulful quest to embrace the knowledge of his ancestors and elders while composing sounds that enlighten and nourish the heart. Read Duke University Press Books’s description of African Rhythms: The Autobiography Of Randy Weston (Refiguring American Music).

African Rhythms : The Autobiography of Randy Weston. Willard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant, producer, educator, and print and broadcast journalist

African Rhythms : The Autobiography of Randy Weston. Refiguring American Music. Weston has dedicated his life to spreading African music throughout the world and forging a bond with his identity as an African American musician. African Rhythms ably recounts his sometimes arduous journey to becoming a true cross-cultural ambassador. Willard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant, producer, educator, and print and broadcast journalist. His writing has been featured in JazzTimes, DownBeat, Jazz Report, Jazz Forum, All About Jazz, Jazzwise, and many other publications.

Randy Weston; Willard Jenkins. African Rhythms is the autobiography of the important jazz pianist, composer and band leader Randy Weston. He tells of his childhood in Brooklyn, his six decades long musical career, his time living in Morocco, and his lifelong quest to learn about the musical and cultural traditions of Africa.

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African Rhythms book. Packed with fascinating anecdotes, African Rhythms is Weston’s life story, as told by him to the music journalist Willard Jenkins. It encompasses Weston’s childhood in Brooklyn’s B The pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston is one of the world’s most influential jazz musicians and a remarkable storyteller whose career has spanned five continents and more than six decades.

Weston-pianist, composer, bandleader, activist, ambassador, visionary, griot-takes the reader on a most spectacular .

Weston-pianist, composer, bandleader, activist, ambassador, visionary, griot-takes the reader on a most spectacular spiritual journey from Brooklyn to Africa, around the world and back again. He tells a story of this great music that has never been told in print: tracing its African roots and branches, and singing praise songs for those artistic and intellectual giants whose paths he crossed.

Packed with fascinating anecdotes, African Rhythms is Weston's life story, as told by him to the music journalist Willard Jenkins.

ISBN13:9780822347989.

The pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston is one of the world’s most influential jazz musicians and a remarkable storyteller whose career has spanned five continents and more than six decades. Packed with fascinating anecdotes, African Rhythms is Weston’s life story, as told by him to the music journalist Willard Jenkins. It encompasses Weston’s childhood in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood—where his parents and other members of their generation imbued him with pride in his African heritage—and his introduction to jazz and early years as a musician in the artistic ferment of mid-twentieth-century New York. His music has taken him around the world: he has performed in eighteen African countries, in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, in the Canterbury Cathedral, and at the grand opening of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The New Library of Alexandria. Africa is at the core of Weston’s music and spirituality. He has traversed the continent on a continuous quest to learn about its musical traditions, produced its first major jazz festival, and lived for years in Morocco, where he opened a popular jazz club, the African Rhythms Club, in Tangier.

Weston’s narrative is replete with tales of the people he has met and befriended, and with whom he has worked. He describes his unique partnerships with Langston Hughes, the musician and arranger Melba Liston, and the jazz scholar Marshall Stearns, as well as his friendships and collaborations with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, the novelist Paul Bowles, the Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, the Ghanaian jazz artist Kofi Ghanaba, the Gnawa musicians of Morocco, and many others. With African Rhythms, an international jazz virtuoso continues to create cultural history.

Comments

Daiktilar Daiktilar
This book was purchased as a required text for a class. I found the writing style very engaging and flowing. Almost like having a conversation with an old friend. It is a book that I will read again in the future. The first reading involved a lot of stops to research songs or other artists mentioned on the internet. There is a lot of new jazz in the music library thanks to this book.
Cobyno Cobyno
a great historian... thank you Mr. Weston for your music and inspiration
Ffleg Ffleg
The book reads like Randy Weston is conversing with you, and conveys the basis for his deeply Afro-centric world view. The book will lead me to explore some references he made, e.g. Wayne Chandler and his writings.
Itiannta Itiannta
Fascinating story. Weston's voice comes through loud and clear as he shares the arc of his life with his readers and fans.
ME ME
I did not enjoyed it, and it seems too superficial for me, with only a very few interesting passages.
Efmprof Efmprof
Anytime a jazz autobiography summons you to play the music being written about, it must be deemed a success. Randy's autobiography is unorthodox in the sense that the focus is not overly detailed on the subject, the focal point is Randy's quest to center himself in the spirit of Africa. This he manages to do spiritually, musically and even for awhile physically. There are no scandalous details about himself or others. No salacious stories about sexual exploits or drug abuse. In fact his personal life is very sparsely explored. Hopefully that is not what one would be looking for.

The book has a real spiritual feel to it and that has been Randy's mission since he first became interested in jazz music. He was always on a spiritual quest to understand and connect what we call jazz to its' African beginnings. And that is really the direction of this very good read. He takes the reader around the world to all the places he has played in, some of them very unusual. As he shares these scenes, he is consistently revealing his thoughts about the motivation behind his compositions and what he was trying to accomplish musically, both through his writing and his performances. "As I've always stressed in interviews and whenever I've spoken in public, my whole life I have been reading about and immersing myself in Africa. I have been forever fascinated by and deeply interested in the history of Africa, the current problems of Africa, the triumphs of the African people, the political situation in Africa...and that interest came long before I made my first trip there." p. 82

Randy is probably one of the most underrated jazz artists around. And it is sad, because his commitment to Africa and the search for the roots of jazz, indeed all music may be the cause of this. He is sure this is the reason he is not often invited to the mainstream jazz clubs. "My music is based in African culture.....The point is that this is our culture, it's not just music....and it's our way of life. I think because of that direction I've had to try and open up other areas in which to perform our music."
p. 260. His interest in Africa and ancestral rhythms is unmatched amongst his jazz peers. His allegiance to his mission led him to move from Brooklyn,NY and live in Morocco for 6 years. This, at a time when most jazz players were looking to Europe for their musical inspirations.

I was listening to some of the compositions as I was reading about them, and the ability to do that really gives you a greater appreciation of the music. The use of different instruments on his recordings and how he was using those sounds to tell a story comes alive for the active listener. If you love jazz and are unfamiliar with Randy Weston, this book is a great place to start and thank goodness he includes an extensive discography, something other music biographies fail to do. This book will be a rewarding journey for any reader.
interactive man interactive man
True jazz buffs will welcome this well-detailed, informative memoir, by one of the most innovative musicians in America, Randy Weston, for it pays earnest tribute to the African origins, traditions, and their primary influence on the sounds that rose from Congo Square long ago. It is the finest jazz autobiography since that of the big band maestro Duke Ellington's glorious remembrances, Music Is My Mistress. "Arranged" by jazz writer-producer Willard Jenkins from a collection of interviews and observations over a four year period, it spans over 60 years of Weston's personal and creative life.

Every page in this remarkable book has Weston's significant memories of the people and places he met. His story is replete with such names as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Melba Liston, Leonard Bernstein, Ava Gardner, Yusef Lateef, Nina Simone, and so many others. There is not any gossip or dirt about these people, because everything is about the purity and integrity of the music that Weston loves so much.

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