Jazz Institute of Chicago

Reviews

GERSHWIN: A Biography/The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

GERSHWIN: A Biography
By Edward Jablonski
Da Capo, 520 pages (paper), $17.95

The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin
Edited by Robert Kimball
Da Capo, 414 pages, $35
Reviewed by Don Rose

FAKEBOOK: Improvisations on a Journey back to Jazz

FAKEBOOK: Improvisations on a Journey back to Jazz
By Richard Terrill
Limelight Editions, 255 pages (paper), $15
Reviewed by Don Rose

DANCE OF THE INFIDELS: A Portrait of Bud Powell

DANCE OF THE INFIDELS:
A Portrait of Bud Powell
By Francis Paudras
Translated from the French by Rubye Monet
DaCapo Press, 355 pages (paper), $18.95
Reviewed by Don Rose

Clifford Brown: The Life & Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter

Clifford Brown:
The Life & Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter
by Nick Catalano
Oxford, $25.00
reviewed by Tom Cunniffe

Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans

Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans
By Larry Hicock
DaCapo, 2002, 306 pages, $25
reviewed by Don Rose

BRIGHT MOMENTS: The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk

BRIGHT MOMENTS:
The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk
by John Kruth
Welcome Rain, 404 pages, $28.95
Reviewed by Don Rose

There was always the initial suspicion that this stocky black dude, Roland Kirk, honking away on three saxophones at once, his sightless eyes covered by oversized black shades, was some kind of carnival act. But anybody with even one open ear was quickly disabused of the idea. The man made music. Serious, creative, innovative music. The difference was he was a whole saxophone section all by himself.

Boogie Woogie Stomp: Albert Ammons and his Music

Boogie Woogie Stomp:
Albert Ammons and his Music
by Christopher Page Cleveland
Northeast Ohio Jazz Society
1997. 282 pp.
Reviewed by David Simpson

BlueBossa

BlueBossa
by Bart Schneider
Viking Penguin, $24.95
244 pp.
Reviewed by Jim Linduff

A look into the soul of a man and the music he loves is the theme of this ambitious first novel by Bart Schneider, editor of the Hungry Mind Review, an independent book review magazine out of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Schneider is also the editor of Race: An Anthology in the First Person, a compilation of articles written by a group of contemporary writers and social leaders. In BlueBossa, he incorporates some of these racial issues.

BLUE: The Murder of Jazz

BLUE: The Murder of Jazz
by Eric Nisenson
St. Martin's Press, $22.95
262 pp.
Reviewed by Don Rose

To paraphrase my friend Garry Wills, I'm willing to believe a dozen bad things about Wynton Marsalis before breakfast, but this hysterical, sloppily written, badly argued, error-ridden, self-contradictory rant almost makes me want to join his defense team.

Bird Lives! (An Evan Horne Mystery)

Bird Lives!
An Evan Horne Mystery
By Bill Moody
248 pages, Walker & Co., $23.95
reviewed by Don Rose

Racing fans relish the mysteries of Dick Francis set at horse tracks; architecture buffs enjoy the exploits of Keith Miles' architect-detective Merlin Richards; theater aficionados revel in the detections of Simon Brett's alcoholic actor, Charles Paris; even bankers can count on a kindred detective hero in Emma Lathen's John Putnam Thatcher.

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