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Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty An autobiography of Horace Silver, composer, pianist, and band leader that takes us from his childhood in Norwalk, Connecticut, through his rise to fame as a musician in New York, to his comfortable life 'after the road' in California. Full description

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  • Broché: 282 pages
  • Editeur : University of California Press; Édition : 1 (13 juillet 2007)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0520253922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520253926
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 1,6 x 22,9 cm
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Par C. SALUT le 20 mai 2013
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Voilà pour une fois une autobiographie qui ne prend pas la tête ! La sincérité, l'engagement et l'humour d'Horace Silver sont les garants parfaits d'une lecture rapide, agréable et très intéressante (évidemment pour ceux qui maîtrisent anglais). On y apprend plein de choses sur la vie intense des musiciens de jazz dans le contexte social des années 50 et 60 aux USA. Avec une fraîcheur testimoniale constamment renouvelée, Horace nous invite à partager des moments-clés de sa vie magnifique, dédiée à la musique.
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Horace Silver est une légende et en écrivant son autobiographie il rends un service aux amateurs de sa musique comme peu de légendes le font. Cependant, son écriture scolaire (je suis allé là, j'ai fait ceci, j'ai rencontrée un tel,...) et le peu d'analyse de sa propre musique et de ses musiciens laisse ce livre au rang de curiosité avec quelques anecdotes amusantes.
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A swing and a miss 3 mars 2006
Par George Kaplan - Publié sur
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The LAST thing this book does is get to the nitty-gritty. Primarily a string of recollections and anecdotes, this light-as-a-feather book hardly constitutes a proper biography for such an important (and still breathing) figure in the pantheon of jazz.

Pastras' research seems to have consisted of going over to Horace's house every Sunday for bull sessions. And that's how the book reads. There are the expected misspellings and typos (Wilt Chamberlin, Carl Burnette, et al) and multiple repetitions of events.

The ARE some interesting tidbits buried here as Horace can be quite the raconteur. His story about Dizzy Gillespie's visit to his apartment is touching and his story about being unable to sit in for Otis Spann because he couldn't play the blues in Muddy's key signature was both amusing and alarming. Horace not able to play the blues??? His multiple brushes with racism, drug enforcement and police power are chilling.

But mostly the book is a name-dropper's paradise, recounting all of the famous and semi-famous celebrities our boy has met over the past 50 years. He sure has a steel-trap memory! But why he would exhibit such excitement about a chance sighting of a has-been former actress walking her dog in Central Park and then need to recount it in his autobiography 40 years later is beyond me.

The curious reader will search in vain for clues to his musical talent (other than tea kettle whistles and the like). Very few of his compositions are even mentioned much less subjected to some sort of analysis. Other than Tyrone Washington, for whom he saves some choice invective, very few of his colleagues are discussed in detail, including incredibly Art Blakey. This relationship should have occupied a full chapter. What about Joe Henderson? Woody Shaw? Bob Berg?

The reader is left with a picture of a lonely and fearful man, evidently estranged from his family. (He sees his only son "once or twice a year"!!!) He's uneducated but yearns for deeper understanding. A fine jazz craftsman, Silver contends with eruptions of artism that apparently mystify and ultimately confound him.
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Disappointing 25 avril 2010
Par Francis Lannie - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I was really looking forward to starting this book. I have quite a few of Horace's albums and really like them and was looking forward to reading about his long career.

Disappointingly, I have to agree with one of the other reviewers that there is a lot of listing of personnel in bands for no other reason than listing them. Very rarely do we get any kind of critique or analysis of any aspect of his life. It reads as if Phil Pastras simply transcribed audio tapes of Horace recounting anecdotes and did no more than ensure that the anecdotes were in chronological order. After the first 100 pages I found it to be very repetitive/formulaic - a brief description of a gig/album session, listing of the personnel, Horace is grateful for the life he has.

No offence to Horace, but if I have to read one more time about how he 'married Lady Music' and how music is his life...

A squandered opportunity, this was a chance to pass something of real substance on to the younger generations from someone who truly forged a unique path/sound in a crowded artform.

I was thinking about getting his book on small combo playing but, based on this, I am worried that I'll regret buying it. I think I'll wait for the moment.

Sorry Horace.
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It's About Time 8 janvier 2007
Par W. Bradley - Publié sur
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I don't think I can say much about Horace that hasn't already been said other than he is my primary musical influence. I love his compositions and I love his approach to the piano. I consider him as a "father of funk" as well as hard bop. I was so happy that someone got a chance to speak with Horace in depth before he leaves us. I already deeply regret that I will most likely never get a chance to see him perform live. I highly recommend his autobiography to any true fan.
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swan song for my father 14 décembre 2012
Par Douglas Parham - Publié sur
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If you're a died in the wool jazz fan like I am, you'll linger over every word that Horace wrote, even though it's terribly mundane. The descriptions of working with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles, Art Blakey are priceless. Less so is the extra information about how his doctor gave him a shot of penicillin which caused an allergic reaction but the doctor was smart and had the antidote at hand and so saved Horace's life.

This could have been written by a high school student, but if it was, the teacher would have critiqued it and insisted that the writer make it a little more readable with descriptions, personal insights, etc which are missing here. Did I say that Horace's verses are insipid? almost "roses are red".

What really ruined it for me was the large afterword by the ghost writer Phil Pastras. he starts off by relishing the wonderful playing by Woody Shaw on "Song for my Father"!!!!!!!!!(Carmel Jones was the trumpet player on that track). If they can't even get that right....
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GREAT NITTY GRITTY!!!!!! 28 avril 2006
Par Gilbert W. Crampton - Publié sur
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Horace Silver's book reads like a Horace Silver piano solo sounds. This is a down to earth statement about the life and times of a "Jazz Messenger" and survivor of one of the most creative and undocumented eras of Black Music. Horace gives us first hand accounts of what it was like to perform with Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Big Nick, Lockjaw Davis, Kenny Clarke and many others. His anecdotes, like his quoting of different tunes during his piano solos, are often humorous and relevant to his central theme, the joys and hardships of life and music. I loved the book from beginning to end. I recommend it along with "RACE MUSIC", by GUthrie P. Ramsey, JR, and "Miles the Autobiography" by Quincy Troupe to all who are interested in the history of African American music and history in the post WWII era.
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