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The Sound
The Sound
Author: Ross Russell
Only a few books have set down any part of the jazz world — ...the real jazz world...the drive that pushes an occasional genius...the tawdry grime of quick love in a nightclub dressing room...the dedication of a few musicians, and the mediocrity of most run-of-the-mill sidemen...the grip, the choking stranglehold of heroin on a trumpeter who is a...  more »
ISBN: 476058
Publication Date: 1961
Pages: 192
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Publisher: MacFadden-Bartell Corp.
Book Type: Paperback
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Recommended for those looking for something different. The story is fairly predictable--the ups and downs of a jazz musician in the early 1960s. It's the way the story is told that makes this stand out for me: Practically dripping with atmosphere, and no wonder--the author is a respected jazz scholar/historian with several nonfiction books to his credit. Many unique characters and lots of early-60s jazz slang, including what has to be one of the very earliest uses in print of "hipster"! Great cover, too.

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