The View from the Back of the Band (Paperback)
The Life and Music of Mel Lewis (North Texas Lives of Musician Series #10)
University of North Texas Press, 9781574416534, 416pp.
Publication Date: July 11, 2016
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Away from the drums, Lewis's passionate and outspoken personality made him one of jazz music's greatest characters. It is often through Lewis's own anecdotes, as well as many from the musicians who knew him best, that this book traces the career of one of the world’s greatest drummers. Previously unpublished interviews, personal memoirs, photos, musical transcriptions, and a selected discography add to this comprehensive biography.
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Praise For The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis (North Texas Lives of Musician Series #10)…
"This wonderful research work illuminates not only the life and work of Mel Lewis, but in doing so uncovers for the reader a treasure trove of great music.”--John Mosca, Trombonist and Director of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
“Mel’s sound and concept were all about the feeling of the music. That was his personal approach, and it was amazing!”--Joe Lovano, Grammy award winning saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist
“Through exhaustive research and numerous interviews with personal associates of Mel Lewis, Smith has produced the first significant retrospective regarding the life of one the most influential jazz drummers of all time.”--Jim White, Drummer and Professor of Jazz Studies University of Northern Colorado
“Mel played with perfect articulation and perfect dynamic support. It’s no wonder he was Buddy Rich’s favorite big band drummer.”--Ed Soph, Drummer and Professor of Jazz Studies University of North Texas
"Smith did a fine job. The research is meticulous and his insights into the music of Mel Lewis are good ones."--Bruce Klauber, author of World of Gene Krupa: That Legendary Drummin' Man
“I don’t think Mel ever thought of himself as a drummer, I think he probably thought of himself as just a band member. But as it ended up, he was the band!”--Marvin Stamm, World-renowned trumpeter and educator
"Il libro è denso di informazioni, aneddoti e di belle foto, ma è anche provvisto di una fondamentale sezione di trascrizioni e guida all’ascolto, per entrare con chiarezza nel playing di Lewis."--Drumset Mag