A thousand Honey Creeks later: my life in music from Basie by Preston Love

By Preston Love

Preston Love's resume reads like a who is Who of yankee song: member of the count number Basie Band in the course of its heyday within the 40s, studio musician in l. a., cohort of Jo Jones, Lester younger, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie, and back-up participant for Marvin Gaye, the enticements, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Stevie ask yourself. during this autobiography Love indicates that, whereas the track facilities of recent York, New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas urban nurtured the improvement of these uniquely African American varieties, jazz and the Motown sound, major contributions have been additionally being made through territory bands tirelessly appearing in outposts like St. Cloud, Minnesota, Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Honey Creek, Iowa.It used to be within the latter city the place Love, a 15-year-old from the black ghetto of Omaha, made his musical debut. Captivated by way of the candy alto sax sounds of Earle Warren, Love took up the software and inside of a decade used to be sitting in Warren's chair. yet Love's own odyssey is greater than a chronicle of never-ending bus rides, undesirable crowds in backwater golf equipment, and feast-or-famine funds continued en path to the head. In a particular and passionate voice he outlines major aspects of African American heritage: the vital value of the kinfolk in musical improvement, institutional racism in American pop culture, and the interracial nature of the tune global. He additionally describes the expansion of the tune undefined, particularly Motown, what he calls "the robust colossus from Detroit." Love's tale, advised with uncanny reminiscence and unfailing honesty, offers a major view into the profession of a musician and the evolution of an immense musical shape.

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Publisher : Wesleyan University Press isbn10 | asin : 081956320X print isbn13 : 9780819563200 ebook isbn13 : 9780585370064 language : English subject Love, Preston, Saxophonists--United States--Biography. 7/3165/092 subject : Love, Preston, Saxophonists--United States--Biography. Page i A Thousand Honey Creeks Later Page ii MUSIC / CULTURE A Series from Wesleyan University Press Edited by George Lipsitz, Susan McClary, and Robert Walser Published titles My Music by Susan D. Crafts, Daniel Cavicchi, Charles Keil, and the Music in Daily Life Project Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser Subcultural Sounds: Micromusics of the West by Mark Slobin Upside Your Head!

Norm, your Dad was my reason for standing backstage for Johnny's whole show on both nights. He sure is an underrated player," said another. For all of the instruments that Dad plays, I think his improvisation is best on the flute, although I would have to rate him as one of the finer rhythm and blues tenor saxophone soloists, too. Whatever limitations he had on soloing when he was young have certainly been overcome later in life. Both my brother Ritchie and I enjoy popularity as saxophone players in the Omaha area, but we often call Dad in to play solos for recording dates in my brother's studio (located in Dad's basement).

I said, "Phyllis, Preston is reliving our early times in his book with such accuracy, it's just amazing. " Moms Mabley used to explain that when you got old you'd only have one nerve left. " Having such a fuzzy recollection mechanism myself, I'd often wonder if I had even one functioning nerve synapse left to my name. Not to worry, Preston's reminiscences have brought the good old days (and the bad ones, too) back into sharp focus. My memory banks weren't erased after all, just sleeping, waiting for Preston to jog them back to the surface with this book.

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