Ascension: John Coltrane And His Quest

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It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. In this daring moment, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel about Salvo Ursari, whose life begins in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by gypsy folklore and inspired by the bravery of his persecuted people. Salvo's story moves irresistibly from a tragic fire that envelops his family, to street life in Budapest, where he learns the skills of a wire walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the competitive world of the American circus. Most fulfilled when living with paradox, Salvo feels safest while performing startling feats of balance on a wire high above the dangerous world; and most endangered if performing above a net. With compassion, warmth, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with mesmerizing detail of Romany and circus culture, and an unforgettable walk with the amazing Salvo Ursari.

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About the Author:

Eric Nisenson is the author of several jazz books, including The Making of Kind of Blue. He lives in Malden, Massachusetts.

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An adulatory account of the musical achievements of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Most musicologists would agree that Coltrane (1926-67) was a seminal force in contemporary jazz, but this comparison by Nisenson ('Round About Midnight, 1982) of Coltrane's ``spiritual quest...to find the essence of music and the mind of God'' to Einstein's search for a unified field theory is a little too much. Nisenson painstakingly traces Coltrane's career from his earliest recordings with Dizzy Gillespie and his work as a member of Miles Davis's legendary late-50's quintet through his own classic ensembles and later forays into free jazz. But the author is blindsided by devotion to his subject and often acts as a shrill apologist for the excesses of Coltrane's music rather than offering a balanced guide (he calls Coltrane's album A Love Supreme one of ``the most moving and genuinely spiritual documents of our century''). Nisenson's hero-worship carries over into his comments about Coltrane the man as he marvels over Coltrane's ``sheer courage'' in following his muse and the ``enormous amount of sacrifice and continual growth'' that the musician's career embodied. Nisenson is at his best in describing Coltrane's fellow musicians, including the egotistical Miles Davis; the far-out Sun Ra, who created an entire self-mythology to accompany his innovative music; and the shrieking saxophone player Pharaoh Sanders, who was a close associate of Coltrane's during his final, most radical years. The author correctly identifies Coltrane's inspiration in the complex rhythmic bases of non-Western, modal music, and his influence on everyone from psychedelic rock stars to today's devotees of world music. Finally, Nisenson discusses Coltrane's legacy, finding fault with the empty commercialism of 70's jazz-rock fusion artists, as well as with the ``brittle and heartless'' neoclassicism of today's jazz superstars, such as Wynton Marsalis. As Nisenson says, more ``gaseous prose has been written about Coltrane'' than any other musician--but, unfortunately, he, too, generates more hot air than light. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Descripción INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United Kingdom, 1995. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York s World Trade centre, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. In this daring moment, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel about Salvo Ursari, whose life begins in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by gypsy folklore and inspired by the bravery of his persecuted people. Salvo s story moves irresistibly from a tragic fire that envelops his family, to street life in Budapest, where he learns the skills of a wire walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the competitive world of the American circus. Most fulfilled when living with paradox, Salvo feels safest while performing startling feats of balance on a wire high above the dangerous world and most endangered if performing above a net. With compassion, warmth, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with mesmerizing detail of Romany and circus culture, and an unforgettable walk with the amazing Salvo Ursari. Nº de ref. de la librería AA29780306806445

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Descripción The Perseus Books Group. Paperback. Estado de conservación: new. BRAND NEW, Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest, Eric Nisenson, It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. In this daring moment, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel about Salvo Ursari, whose life begins in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by gypsy folklore and inspired by the bravery of his persecuted people. Salvo's story moves irresistibly from a tragic fire that envelops his family, to street life in Budapest, where he learns the skills of a wire walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the competitive world of the American circus. Most fulfilled when living with paradox, Salvo feels safest while performing startling feats of balance on a wire high above the dangerous world; and most endangered if performing above a net. With compassion, warmth, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with mesmerizing detail of Romany and circus culture, and an unforgettable walk with the amazing Salvo Ursari. Nº de ref. de la librería B9780306806445

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