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Friends Along the Way: A Journey Through Jazz Hardcover – November 1, 2003

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For 20-odd years, Lees, whose short tenure as Down Beat editor dragged it into the mid-twentieth century, has published the eight-page, monthly Gene Lees Jazzletter. The subscribers are nearly all musicians, and few others would read Lees' lively, knowledgeable stuff if book publishers didn't pop for a collection now and then. Maybe even those few others are getting fewer, for Lees' passion is jazz as a popular music, which it last was during the big band era, and one has to be long in the tooth to recall that time directly. For those who care about how music is made, though, Lees' writing is perpetually interesting, for he gets seasoned pros to talk about what they do, and the things they say, while full of recollections of times and bands past, should remain cogent for as long as bands need arrangers and trombones, pianos, and saxophones are played. A marathon conversation, worth the book's price by itself, with trombonist and arranger Milt Bernhart opens a book that rarely descends from such heights. Ray Olson
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"I think of Gene Lees as the Proust of jazz. His accounts of jazz musicians and their world give a sense of intimacy with the jazz scene that no other writer has been able to evoke."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300099673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300099676
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,878,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone seriously interested in jazz, and I mean the struggles to pursue what you love as a player, this book is not only unique but it also gives you valuable insights into the background of the jazz world. Gene Lees wrote many books and this is one of his best and I stand by that statement. This is about the difficulties of playing jazz and at the same time playing music you have no interest in to earn a living and how that affected your soul and your belief in yourself especially during the beginning of the ' Rock and Roll' era. Suddenly the jazz world took a dive and a whole new era began with popular music which was R & R and Gene Lees remembered just what that was like. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a serious interest and love for jazz and its history and Lees wrote several books about the subject and they are all worth reading.
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Excellent compilation by arguably, the best writer of the Jazz/Bio genre.
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