Paul Steinbeck

Paul Steinbeck is an assistant professor of music theory at Washington University in St. Louis. With saxophonist Fred Anderson, he co-authored Exercises for the Creative Musician, an instructional text for improvisers. His next book, Message to Our Folks: The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Improvisation, and Great Black Music, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. Steinbeck is also a bassist, improviser, and composer.

Posts by Paul Steinbeck

The Long-Suffering Soul Singer

Dreams to Remember is not without its redeeming features. Redding fans may appreciate Ribowsky’s enthusiasm for his subject, and the book is less inflammatory than a 2001 Redding biography so sensational it sparked a libel suit. Readers looking for new insights about Redding and 1960s soul music, however, should leave it on the shelf.