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Jade Visions
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Jade Visions is the first biography of one of the twentieth century’s most influential jazz musicians, bassist Scott LaFaro. Best known for his landmark recordings with Bill Evans, LaFaro played bass a mere seven years before his life and career were tragically cut short by an automobile accident when he was only 25 years old. Told by his sister, this book uniquely combines family history with insight into LaFaro’s music by well-known jazz experts and musicians Gene Lees, Don Thompson, Jeff Campbell, Phil Palombi, Chuck Ralston, Barrie Kolstein, and Robert Wooley. Those interested in Bill Evans, the history of jazz, and the lives of working musicians of the time will appreciate this exploration of LaFaro’s life and music as well as the feeling they’ve been invited into the family circle as an intimate. “Fernandez’ insightful comments about her brother offer far more than jazz scholars have ever known about this significant and somewhat enigmatic figure in the history of jazz. All in all, a very complete portrait.”—Bill Milkowski, author of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents 
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations 
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxi-xxix
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  1. Prologue
  2. p. 1
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  1. Chapter 1. La Famiglia
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Chapter 2. Geneva: The Early Years
  2. pp. 7-16
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  1. Chapter 3. Early Influences [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 17-24
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  1. Chapter 4. High School Days [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 25-39
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  1. Chapter 5. Beginning Bass to Buddy and Baker [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. Chapter 6. Transposition 1957
  2. pp. 59-76
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  1. Chapter 7. Working the West Coast 1958
  2. pp. 77-91
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  1. Chapter 8. Kenton, Goodman, and Monk 1959 [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. Chapter 9. New York: Getz, Coleman, and Evans 1960
  2. pp. 111-130
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  1. Chapter 10. Realization 1961 [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 131-145
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  1. Chapter 11. Last Days
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. Chapter 12. Aftermath
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. Chapter 13. His Music I
  2. pp. 155-173
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  1. Chapter 14. His Music II
  2. pp. 175-199
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  1. Chapter 15. His Music III
  2. pp. 201-209
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  1. Chapter 16. His Legacy
  2. pp. 211-224
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  1. Appendix I. Remembering Scott LaFaro
  2. pp. 225-230
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  1. Appendix II. When Sam Met Scotty: A Remembrance of Scott LaFaro
  2. pp. 231-233
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  1. Appendix III. Prescott Restoration: The LaFaro Legacy
  2. pp. 235-247
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  1. Scott LaFaro Discography
  2. pp. 249-290
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 291-298
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-322
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