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Giant strides : the legacy of Dick Wellstood /
Edward N. Meyer.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
description
xiii, 269 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0810835649 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
isbn
0810835649 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
2637923
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-196), discography (p. 197-244), and index.
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This book is painstakingly researched and documented...It's a beautiful, loving job.
...vastly interesting...very readable and sensible...a rewarding experience that should not be missed.
Dick Wellstood remains, all these years after his death, this writer's favorite pianist. This book is a welcome addition to his bookshelf.
Edward Meyer has done a brilliant job in trying to assess the interaction between Wellstood's personality and his music. It makes for fascinating and moving reading.
Giant Strides is a model of its kind.
If you ever wanted to know more about Dick Wellstood--and particularly, what made this complicated person "tick", this book is for you.
Meyer does a straightforward job of telling Wellstoods' life story, and he brings to it a richness rare in many biographies...There are few biographies that succeed as well as Giant Strides in giving a true glimpse of what the creative life in jazz is about and why supremely intelligent people like Wellstood beat themselves up so badly to live it.
Meyer has fashioned a truly comprehensive, intriguing biographical study of a man who defies definition by his very nature. This is biographical writing at its best.
...samples generously from Wellstood's own writings (for a variety of publications) which reveal his intelligence and humor. Included are many entertaining anecdotes, some rather earthy, about Wellstood's musical experiences in and around New York.
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Summaries
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Dick Wellstood first became prominent as a teenager in Bob Wilber's "Wildcats," where his stride-style solos brought him to the forefront of the jazz world. In the following decades he became a regular fixture at the premiere jazz clubs in New York & toured Europe to critical acclaim. Wellstood wasn't only an expressive musician but a literate & articulate writer as well. His articles & letters were published in Downbeat, Jazz Journal International, Sounds & Fury, & Jersey Jazz. He wrote liner notes for many albums which reveal not just an intelligence but a sharp sense of humor. Outside of the music world, he was a law student who taught himself Latin & German. Wellstood was a fascinating character, both witty & acerbic. He portrayed himself as an eccentric musician to deflect attention from his insecurities about his personal weaknesses & faults. Drawing upon Wellstood's unpublished personal correspondence & the recollections of his family, friends, & fellow musicians, Giant Strides explores the personality of this talented musician & intriguing man. Meyer's own writing & interviews with Wellstood himself, as well as Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz, Dick Sudhalter, Joe Muranyi, & Dan Morgenstern bring Wellstood to vivid life in this book.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Dick Wellstood's piano solos from the Stride school took him to the forefront of the jazz world, and he was also a literate and articulate writer. Giant Strides explores his personality using his correspondence and others' recollections.
Long Description
Dick Wellstood first became prominent as a teenager in Bob Wilber's "Wildcats," where his stride-style solos brought him to the forefront of the jazz world. In the following decades he became a regular fixture at the premiere jazz clubs in New York and toured Europe to critical acclaim. Not only was Wellstood an expressive musician, but he was a literate and articulate writer as well. His articles and letters were published in Downbeat, Jazz Journal International, Sounds and Fury, and Jersey Jazz. He wrote liner notes for many albums which reveal not just his intelligence but his sharp sense of humor. Outside of the music world, Wellstood was a law student who taught himself Latin and German. Drawing upon Wellstood's unpublished personal correspondence and the recollections of his family, friends, and fellow musicians, Giant Strides explores the personality of this talented musician and intriguing man. Meyer's own writing and interviews with Wellstood himself, as well as Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz, Dick Sudhalter, Joe Muranyi, and Dan Morgenstern bring Wellstood to life in this vivid book.
Main Description
Drawing upon Dick Wellstood's unpublished personal correspondence and the recollections of his family, friends, and fellow musicians, Giant Strides explores the personality of this talented musician and intriguing man. Meyer's own writing and interviews with Wellstood himself, as well as Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz, Dick Sudhalter, Joe Muranyi, and Dan Morgenstern bring Wellstood to vivid life.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction and Acknowledgments
In the Beginningp. 1
The Wildcat Yearsp. 13
The Bob Wilber-Jimmy Archey Bandp. 29
Dick on Music and Musiciansp. 39
Scufflingp. 47
Hard Times, Bad Timesp. 59
The Ferryboat Band and Kenny Davernp. 79
The Wilderness Yearsp. 89
Dick on Musical Labelsp. 109
At Home and Abroadp. 113
Hanratty'sp. 133
Enigmap. 153
Changesp. 159
Time Outp. 173
Triumph and Tragedyp. 181
Selected Writingsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 195
The Recordings of Dick Wellstoodp. 197
Indexp. 245
About the Authorp. 269
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