'Reading it is like listening to one of those hugely learned men with the gift of the gab, like Bronowski or A.J.P. Taylor, talking about his favourite subject. Every observation is backed by evidence, every generalisation judiciously qualified, every side-issue detailed in a footnote, but it is all done without a trace of pomposity. The real enjoyment in reading The Swing Era, as in reading Johnson's Lives of the Poets, comes from being taught more
about something you love by an erudite, courteous and generous mind.'
Dave Gelly, Jazz, Issue 12 `A touchstone of jazz literature...The most thorough and authoritative study ever undertaken on the period.' Philadelphia Inquirer `a magisterial achievement...a masterpiece and a source of pure joy' Washington Post Book World `Hardly anyone else can write on jazz with such authority...indispensable to serious jazz lovers...A monumental contribution to jazz literature.' New York Review of Booksshow more