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Jazz Idiom - Blueprints, Stills & Frames


Soft Cover
119 Pages
Baytree Books

Photography by Charles L. Robinson
Poetry by Al Young

Jazz Idiom showcases the intimate jazz photography of Charles L. Robinson. A friend to many of the musicians photographed, he often caught them in moments of candor: Mingus goateed and pensive, hunched over a steinway, phrases dancing in his head; the legendary Earl "Fatha" Hines, in the groove-the original cool cat in sunglasses, famous for breaking piano strings. We see Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rushing backstage, talking about sometime back in the day. We see Milt Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie sharing a joke
California poet laureate Al Young riffs, scats, and bebops in accord with the photographs as he provides poetry, anecdotes, and insight into the players and moments in question. A beautiful medley of music, photography, and poetry, 'Jazz Idiom' pays homage to one of the most exciting times in American music history.

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