Conversations in Jazz: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews By Ralph J. Gleason, Toby Gleason (Editor), Ted Gioia (Foreword by) Cover Image

Conversations in Jazz: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews (Paperback)

By Ralph J. Gleason, Toby Gleason (Editor), Ted Gioia (Foreword by)
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About the Author

Ralph J. Gleason (1917–1975) was cofounder of Rolling Stone magazine and the author of numerous articles and three highly regarded books on music and musicians. Toby Gleason is a veteran jazz radio producer, programmer, and host and a former assistant editor at Rolling Stone.

Praise For…

"Fresh and defining anthologies of the writer."—Will Hermes, Rolling Stone

"[A] treasure trove of previously unavailable interviews by a premier journalist who unfailingly asked perceptive and probing questions."—Library Journal

"For fans of jazz from the mid-twentieth century, these interviews will prove fascinating."—Booklist

"A godsend to folks like me who already know and admire [Gleason’s] work—and a standard setter for those who should know him."—Felix Contreras, NPR Books

"One of the happier publishing surprises of the year."—Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

"A fine start to what should be a shelf of books on Gleason and his achievement."—Beyond Chron

"Two important new collections . . . both make for absorbing and instructive reading, in quite different ways."—Nate Chinen, Jazz Times

"Time and again Gleason helps an artist explain his essence at a crucial point in his career, capturing a very important moment in time."—Downbeat

“[Gleason’s] cultural moment is very much alive in [this] work.”—Ron Slate, On the Seawall

“Ralph Gleason had a masterfully succinct interviewing style, and he elicited the candid thoughts of his subjects whose responses create a time capsule of a fascinating moment in jazz. This book is a portal into the mystic and insular world of jazz musicians and their interest in both tradition and innovation. I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about how the music is understood by the people who play it.”—Lenny Pickett

"Louis Armstrong once declared: 'What we play is life.' For his part, Ralph J. Gleason venerated and joyfully embraced the music of life and the musicians who played it, and the the memorable interviews that he conducted with the extraordinary jazz creators featured in this book are themselves revelatory conversation-performances that illuminate with wit, depth, love, and insight the life and soul of music itself."—Jonathan Cott

"I’ve been digging Ralph Gleason’s dialogues in jazz since before I was born! My father and Ralph were still teenagers when John Hammond brought the first Lester Young recordings to them in a dorm room. So the discussions began. I heard some later ones on their original broadcasts, but the interviews in this book come from a private stash—at home—somewhat as it started 80 years ago."—Phil Schaap

"Ralph Gleason brought jazz into countless American living rooms during the 1960s through his TV series, 'Jazz Casual.' Yet the one-on-one discussions in his own Berkeley living room—tape recorder rolling, Gleason and one or another of jazz’s greats sitting in overstuffed leather chairs—tell deeper stories. Here, framed with a wise and light touch by Ted Gioia, we get windows into personal worlds: John Coltrane on the cusp of a breakthrough; Sonny Rollins entering a period of reclusion; 'Philly' Joe Jones sharing drumming tradecraft and history; Duke Ellington explaining why, in music as in life, problems are opportunities."—Larry Blumenfeld

"What a great opportunity to eavesdrop on these conversations with some of my musical heroes. Trane, Duke, Sonny. Are you kidding?"—Steve Elson

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300255232
ISBN-10: 0300255233
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: September 8th, 2020
Pages: 296
Language: English