Oliphant, Dave Kd: A Jazz Biography

ISBN 13: 9780916727956

Kd: A Jazz Biography

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"To call this work on Kenny Dorham a labor of love is an understatement. Dave Oliphant has taken even the most mundane details of this great jazzman's life and turned all of it into poetry." --Krin Gabbard, author, Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture "With an astoundingly unique structure of line length and rhyme, Dave Oliphant has incorporated and turned into poetry a vast and impressive knowledge of jazz. The text and its deeply researched factual information and, at times, nearly Shakespearean and Spenserian richness of language will long provide and provoke both pleasure and scholarship." --David Ray, author, Music of Time: Selected and New Poems "You'll want to have your Dorham vinyl records or CD reissues close by to listen anew to the sounds the poet calls forth." --Joe W. Specht, author, The Women There Don't Treat You Mean: Abilene in Song


"From the unquestioned authority on jazz music by Texans comes what is surely the most unusual book any music lover will read this year. KD is a 200-page poem, a verse biography of Texas trumpeter Kenny Dorham, who stands behind only Ornette Coleman as the state's most gifted jazz artist. The great drummer Art Blakey called him the 'uncrowned trumpet king, ' and writer Scott Yanow echoed what dozens of critics have noted since Dorham's death at age 48 of kidney disease in 1972, that he was 'almost famous for being underrated.' So it's poetic justice--in this case, that's not a metaphor--that Dave Oliphant has crowned Dorham with a peerless tribute." --www.Statesman.com

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