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 » national hero. Of the few novels that have seen the jazz world from the inside, "the sound" is unique. It's convincing, it's honest and it pounds to an absorbing finish. You hear it all the way.« less
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.