Four Jazz Lives

Four Jazz Lives

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A revival of a classic oral biography of four nearly overlooked jazz giants
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Product details

  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 140.21 x 210.31 x 20.57mm | 353.8g
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • 0472089676
  • 9780472089673

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"An engrossing, impressionistic history of contemporary jazz."

--Nation (10/31/2003) "An essential book in the jazz canon. . . . [T]he University of Michigan Press has given it a rebirth under the title Four Jazz Lives."
--Nat Hentoff, JazzTimes

-- (07/29/2004) "Four black jazzmen speak at considerable length for themself, with connective passages supplied with persistent relevancy by a poet, historian, and critic."
--Nat Hentoff

--Nat Hentoff (10/31/2003) "Remains the best introduction to the worlds of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Nichols, and Jackie McLean."
--Ben Ratliff

--Ben Ratliff (10/31/2003) "[Spellman] views these men with a perceptive and understanding eye."
--New York Times

--New York Times (10/31/2003)
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About A.B. Spellman

A. B. Spellman is a well-known author, poet, critic, and instructor. He has published numerous books and articles on the arts, including Art Tatum: A Critical Biography and The Beautiful Days.
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