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Ben Ratliff, author of 
COLTRANE the Story of a Sound

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Ben Ratliff

New York Times Jazz and Pop Critic

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BIO

Ben Ratliff was born in 1968 in Manhattan and grew up in London and Rockland County, N.Y. He has been a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996, and lives with his wife and two sons in Manhattan.
He has written three books: The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008); Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); and Jazz: A Critic’s Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002).

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BOOKS

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The Jazz Ear
Conversations over Music
St. Martin's Griffin

“The Jazz Ear will be a permanent part of learning how to listen inside the musicians playing.”—Nat Hentoff, Jazz Times Jazz is conducted almost wordlessly:...
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Coltrane
The Story of a Sound
Picador

John Coltrane left an indelible mark on the world, but what was the essence of his achievement that makes him so prized forty years after his death? What were...
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The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz
A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings
Times Books

A connoisseur's tour through the great American art form A Love Supreme. Miles Ahead. Brubeck Time. Yardbird Suite. The Sidewinder. For newcomers just...

SPEECHES

Is Jazz Sustainable?: Ratliff's talk on the past and future of the genre.

Genius and John Coltrane: Drawing from his acclaimed biography of John Coltrane, Ratliff looks at the life of one of the iconic figues of Jazz.

Learning to Listen: From the New York Times Jazz Critic, a presentation on the most important aspects of his work.


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