'Gene Lees shows how our anemic language can be transfused with emotion by turning words into song ... he cherishes words as much as he loves music'
New York Times Book Review 'beautifully crafted essays ... Few rock writers begin to approach his grasp of the evolution of his chosen music.'
Q 'Lots of amusing and fascinating stories emerge about the creation of particular songs'
Colin Cooper, Beat Scene 'the best book on popular singers that I have ever read ... he writes like a dream, combining scholarship with insight, musicianship with approachability for the layman'
Stage & Television Today 'Gene Lees, a lyric writer himself, is not only an extraordinarily perceptive reporter and analyst of jazz performance, jazz history and jazz people, but also one of those writers who's a joy to read on any subject at all.' Bookworld 'The way the essays flow together, Singers and the Song has the sweep of a jazz-orchestral suite organized around recurrent motifs.' The New York Times 'A collection of fascinating personal essays that have appeared in Jazzletter.' Library Journal 'Lees is writing some of the best popular commentary on jazz, classic American popular song, their practitioners, and their milieu that ever has been written.' Booklist 'a treasure of essays that explores the technique of lyric writing.' Newsday 'Lees is a superb writer, erudite, compassionate, sensitive and knowledgeable.'
Ray Comiskey, Irish Times `A book to be enjoyed...I recommend it' Gene Kellyshow more