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The View from the Back of the Band
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Mel Lewis (1929-1990) was born Melvin Sokoloff to Jewish Russian immigrants in Buffalo, New York. He first picked up his father's drumsticks at the age of two and at 17 he was a full-time professional musician. The View from the Back of the Band is the first biography of this legendary jazz drummer. For over fifty years, Lewis provided the blueprint for how a drummer could subtly support any musical situation. While he made his name with Stan Kenton and Thad Jones, and with his band at the Village Vanguard, it was the hundreds of recordings that he made as a sideman and his ability to mentor young musicians that truly defined his career. Away from the drums, Lewis's passionate and outspoken personality made him one of jazz music's greatest characters. It is often through Lewis's own anecdotes, as well as many from the musicians who knew him best, that this book traces the career of one of the world's greatest drummers. Previously unpublished interviews, personal memoirs, photos, musical transcriptions, and a selected discography add to this comprehensive biography.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iv-iv
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  1. Foreword: Uncle Mel
  2. John Mosca
  3. pp. v-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. 1. Born a Drummer
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 2. Mel Meets New York City
  2. pp. 12-27
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  1. 3. Brookmeyer and Kenton’s Initial Offer
  2. pp. 28-37
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  1. 4. Kenton Presents Mel Lewis
  2. pp. 38-46
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  1. 5. Contemporary Concepts and Thad Jones
  2. pp. 47-57
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  1. 6. Life in Los Angeles
  2. pp. 58-65
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  1. 7. Terry Gibbs and “The Tailor”
  2. pp. 66-74
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  1. 8. Webster and Mulligan
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. 9. Mel’s New Cymbal and Europe with Dizzy
  2. pp. 85-90
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  1. 10. The Soviet Union and a Move East
  2. pp. 91-105
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  1. 11. Back in the Big Apple
  2. pp. 106-112
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  1. 12. Thad and Mel Get Their Opening
  2. pp. 113-117
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  1. 13. Opening Night at the Village Vanguard
  2. pp. 118-129
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  1. 14. The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and Solid State
  2. pp. 130-143
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  1. 15. Thad and Mel Hit the Road, and the Road Hits Back
  2. pp. 144-157
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  1. 16. The Youth Movement
  2. pp. 158-173
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  1. 17. Ten Years at the Village Vanguard / The Road Family
  2. pp. 174-191
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  1. 18. Thad Leaves for Denmark
  2. pp. 192-201
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  1. 19. Mel Lewis and The Jazz Orchestra
  2. pp. 202-211
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  1. 20. The Musical Mentor
  2. pp. 212-225
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  1. 21. Twenty Years at the Vanguard / A New Fight
  2. pp. 226-239
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  1. 22. Hello and Goodbye
  2. pp. 240-255
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  1. 23. Memories of Mel
  2. pp. 256-273
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  1. Afterword: Mel Lewis’s Example
  2. John Riley
  3. pp. 274-274
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  1. Transcriptions and Listening Guides
  2. pp. 275-330
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  1. Mel Lewis Equipment Timeline
  2. Paul Wells, Chris Smith
  3. pp. 331-334
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  1. Selected Discography
  2. pp. 335-358
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 359-379
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 380-389
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 390-399
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