The list author says: "Here's a not-so-short list of essential reading for those interested in the iconic legends and history of America's only truely indigineous musical form. I hope you find it helpful. If so, please give it a helpful nod in the box at the right. Many thanks for taking the time to look..."
"A coffee table book of primarily photographic depictions of various chronological stages in Miles' career. The text is somewhat light but accurate and informative, though the bountiful pictures tell the tale here. Read my review."
"The Jazz Messengers were not just Art Blakey's band - they were the Petri dish for dozens of future giants to get the lab exposure to develop their skills before going out on their own. These sidemen now speak about their experiences with THE premier bop drummer who was a bandleader longer than anyone else in jazz."
"All of Coltrane’s published interviews are here, but author DeVito also transcribes audio interviews, letters, newspaper articles, and other rarities to complete this picture of the man. The result is a must-own for your bookshelf."
"By taking the reader on a spectacular spiritual journey from Brooklyn to Africa, around the world and back again, Weston tells a story of this great music, tracing its African roots and branches, acknowledging the ancestors who helped bring him to the music and draw the music from his soul. Fantastic."
"The earliest form of fusion in jazz as seen through the eyes of one of the best writers and lovers of jazz, Yanow picks the bones of this genre like a cannibal, shedding insight and reverence for those who invented and explored this vital art form that influenced all futures of the idiom."
"The nose-bleeding highs and bone-crushing lows in the ultimately tragic tale that was the life of the most celebrated and uniquely voiced electric bassist of the 20th century, as written by someone who knew him since high school."
"One of the most comprehensive though flawed works devoted to the life of Miles, it's rife with biased and bitter remarks about both the man and his post 'In A Silent Way' recordings. Nonetheless informative and enlightening. Read my review for details."
"The best, most accurate, articulate, comprehensive and well-researched book ever composed about the subject and its originators, inventers and innovators. There's a wealth of treasure to be mined in this reference tool, and an incredible discography to boot. Essential and mandatory."
"Probably the first publication of its kind, comprised of interviews with all the primary movers and shakers of the 70's and photographed by Larry Coryell's then-wife Julie. Essential for enthusiasts."
"In honor of its 75th anniversary, this one features classic photos and magazine covers from DownBeat's vast archives. Although a bit all over the place, you're guaranteed to find slices of heavenly articles and interviews peppered throughout."