I was just perusing a review by Steve Greenlee of The Boston Globe about yet another book coming out about Miles Davis. "It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off the Record" is written by Richard Cook, who is one of the authors of "The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD." Each chapter of "It's About That Time...," says Greenlee, "focuses on a particular album while bringing into the fold just about every other recording he ever did...Cook is clearly a fan of Miles Davis but he's far from a cheerleader. 'It's About Time' brings fresh insight to a lifetime of music and can help even a longtime connoisseur hear it in a whole new way." The book is from Oxford University Press.
I also notice a new cd is on the way in honor of the 90th anniversay of Ella's birthday. "We All Love Ella: a Celebration of the First Lady of Song" features pop and R&B vocalists such as Linda Ronstadt, Gladys Knights, Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole taking on some of Fitzgerald's signature pieces. Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves bring some jazz cred to the proceedings. Michael Buble is the lone male voice on the tribute, which is expected in June.
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