The Devils Horn: The Story of the Saxophone, from Noisy Novelty to King of Cool Michael Segell

ISBN: 9780374159382

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Hardcover

336 pages


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The Devils Horn: The Story of the Saxophone, from Noisy Novelty to King of Cool  by  Michael Segell

The Devils Horn: The Story of the Saxophone, from Noisy Novelty to King of Cool by Michael Segell
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In The Devils Horn, Michael Segell traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative passions among all who hear it. TheMoreIn The Devils Horn, Michael Segell traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative passions among all who hear it.

The saxophone has insinuated itself into virtually every musical idiom that has come along since its birth as well as into music with traditions thousands of years old. But it has also been controversial, viewed as a symbol of decadence, immorality and lasciviousness: it was banned in Japan, saxophonists have been sent to Siberian lockdown by Communist officials, and a pope even indicted it.Segell outlines the saxophones fascinating history while he highlights many of its legendary players, including Benny Carter, Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Branford Marsalis, and Michael Brecker.

The Devils Horn explores the saxophones intersections with social movement and change, the innovative acoustical science behind the instrument, its struggles in the world of legit music, and the mystical properties that seduce all who fall under its influence. Colorful, evocative, and richly informed, The Devils Horn is an ingenious portrait of one of the most popular instruments in the world.



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