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This is a most remarkable book by any standards…surely the most detailed and researched biography of a jazz musician ever.
The detail about Ladnier and the musicians he played with and the circumstances he worked under is amazing… could claim to be one of the best ever written about an individual jazz musician.
Storartat om en underskattad jazzpionjär. …måste vara en av de mest ambitiösa levnadsbeskrivningar som gjorts! … känns aldrig som en katalog över Ladniers engagemang, medmusiker eller inspelningar, snarare som en spännande kulturhistorisk exposé över en tidigare icke uppmärksammad musiker.
New Orleans Music
…covers all one could possibly need to know about Ladnier…
This work on Tommy Ladnier sets an entirely new standard… this immensely detailed and visually stunning work to create a volume that looks as if the authors had followed the man around for most of his life… a landmark work that future jazz biographies will be hard-pressed to equal.
This is without doubt the handsomest jazz book I’ve ever seen… the book is absolutely beautiful…a book that is not only fun to read but beautiful to look at.
…a lively yet scholarly study of the life and music of the short-lived trumpeter. …This book strikes sparks in every way: the diligent research that has gone into it, the expansive prose; the wonderful illustrations. I have been reluctant to put it down. Each page offers surprises.
Académie du Jazz
Prix du livre de Jazz 2009. Mention Spéciale