The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius
An updated and expanded
tribute to the world's greatest bass player!
Chockful of new insights about
Jaco's early years, along with new revelations about his tragic
final days, this very special Anniversary Edition takes a greatly
expanded look at the man who revolutionized his instrument and
became one of the most potent and compelling forces in jazz during
Like his heroes Charlie Parker
and Jimi Hendrix, Jaco lived fast, made a huge impact, and died
young — he was 35 when he was fatally beaten in 1987. During his
meteoric rise from South Florida phenom to international jazz star,
Jaco altered the course of modern music and opened a door that
generations of bass players have since walked through. "It ain't
braggin' if you can back it up," Jaco often said. As this book
shows, he always did.
Includes a CD sampler featuring
40 minutes of newly revealed music from Jaco's pre-Weather Report
years, along with spoken testimonials from Jaco's friends and
colleagues. Also includes many new, never-before-seen photos
acquired from the Pastorius estate.
Praise for the first edition:
"Milkowski has put together a
consistently fascinating, impressively detailed, and very readable
"Reading this book will make
you want to go back and listen to Jaco's music again."
— Bass Player
Running the Voodoo Down digs
deep into Miles Davis's electric music, reminding us that this
period encompassed the entire second half of the trumpeter's career,
from 1967 until his death in 1991. Running the Voodoo Down examines
this quarter-century of music in detail and discusses its importance
to Davis's career and to the whole of American music and culture.
Freeman places Davis's controversial 1960s and 1970s albums in a
broader context than earlier critics have done, encouraging us to
hear Miles's music alongside the work of Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix,
and the trumpeter's own sidemen. Running the Voodoo Down reactivates
the long-running debate surrounding this important and frequently
misunderstood music, and offers longtime jazz fans and new listeners
alike unexpected insights into Davis's unique genius.
"Much to the chagrin of anybody's jazz police, Miles, as Freeman
righteously points out, spent half his career playing electronically
jacked music. In Running the Voodoo Down the author provides this
still maligned, mystifying, magisterial aspect of Miles's art with
the kind of close reading, thick description, and metaphoric wit it
so richly deserves. In the process Freeman strikes the right balance
between curiosity, interrogation, comic relief, and, like Mary J.,
real love. Electric Miles has been awaiting a fresh arbiter with
this much range, enthusiasm, ardor, and epiphanal wit."
—Greg Tate, author of Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black
Experience and the forthcoming Flyboy in the Buttermilk 2: The Greg
"Too many accounts of Miles Davis delve into mystique, not music.
Miles, a trickster, encouraged that. Running the Voodoo Down digs
deeper into Miles's electric works and his times, always with saucy
outlook and sharp attention to new sounds and key players. Miles
Davis, finally made more artist than
attitude in his most controversial period, gets his poly-fusion
sorcery set straight here."
—Milo Miles, music reviewer, Fresh Air with Terry Gross;
contributing writer, Rolling Stone
Stan Getz - Nobody
Else But Me
The creator of the
unforgettable “Girl from Ipanema” tenor sax tone, this son of Ukranian immigrants took his unique sound through five decades of
swing, cool, bossa and beyond. From Getz's teenage gigs with Dorsey,
Goodman and Stan Kenton, fame with Woody Herman, years as a
masterful bandleader, and struggles with drugs and the law, this
biography tells the bittersweet story of one of our most beloved
jazz musicians. This is the first book to focus on Getz's musical
legacy, exploring the lightness of touch, lyricism and warm glow
that marked his sound. It also gives insight into his skills as a
consummate improviser, capable of playing with a musical, tonal and
emotional range matched by few other musicians.
“We'd all sound like that if we could.”
– John Coltrane on Stan Getz