The Sound Author:Ross Russell Only a few books have set down any part of 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-hall sidemen...the choking stranglehold of heroin on a trumpeter who is a national hero.
The story is pretty routine--the ups and downs of jazz musicians in NYC and LA in the early 1960s. It's the writing that makes this stand out for me--practically bursting with atmosphere and lots of sharp dialogue. And no wonder: The author is a respected jazz music historian & scholar and has published several well-regarded nonfiction books on the subject. All this plus what must be one of the very first uses in print of the term "hipster"! Great cover, too!