Cedar: The Life and Music of Cedar Walton Volume 18

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University of North Texas Press
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6.27 X 9.29 X 1.15 inches | 1.33 pounds
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About the Author
BEN MARKLEY is an associate professor and the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wyoming. A noted bandleader, composer/arranger, pianist, and educator, he performs in the Ben Markley Big Band. His 2017 album, Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2 Records), received critical acclaim. Markley is the author of A Practical Approach to Improvisation: The David Hazeltine Method.
"Cedar Walton is a genius of American Music and this research is unique and needed. I love the book; it is well written and full of new information that has never been published."--Chris Smith, author of The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

"Cedar represents comprehensive coverage of the life and music of a musician that is utterly deserving, commands interest within the field, and is clearly underrepresented in the literature. This work is timely and sorely needed. Markley unearths inside information of incredible depth and breadth. By virtue of its thoroughness, it will quickly become the definitive work on Walton."--Damani Phillips, author of What Is This Thing Called Soul

"Ben Markley has authored a wonderful and complete portrait of one of the greatest jazz pianists, composers, arrangers, and musicians of all time, The Maestro, Cedar Walton. A marvelous biography that takes the reader through Walton's life from the perspectives of family, friends, and the top cats on the scene."--David Hazeltine, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator

"Ask anyone who knows about Cedar Walton and his considerable contribution to the music we call jazz and they can't say enough. Cedar is beautifully written, candid, and full of insight into this gentle giant of a musician. Congratulations, Ben Markley, and thank you for this."--Ralph Moore, former member of Cedar Walton's Eastern Rebellion and veteran jazz musician

"I have great respect and appreciation for Ben Markley's well-crafted and enlightening book on Cedar Walton's life and genius. Markley includes reflections and perspectives of master musicians and close associates of Walton's to create a kaleidoscopic view of his humanity, imprint, and originality. Walton's piano mastery, singular compositions, and nonpareil improvising secure his place in the pantheon of music's major figures. With Cedar Ben Markley makes an essential contribution that reinforces the legacy of this musical giant."--Bill Charlap, Grammy Award-winning pianist and Director of Jazz Studies, William Paterson University