"One of the most informal, engrossingly personal jazz memoirs in years." Gary Giddins, Village Voice
"Wetzel has done an excellent job assembling a volume that is as unique and hard to characterize as its subject. This book is recommended not only to the few who know Robinson as a vastly underrated player, but as a unique piece of oral history." JazzTimes
"Perry Robinson is a jazz clarinetist, magician, and when not at home in Jersey City, a world traveler. He's put it all down in Perry Robinson: The Traveler.
" The New York Times
"If you are looking for a well-written and entertaining book concerning the world of jazz music, Perry Robinson: The Traveler
is one exciting reading experience. A memorable reading adventure, this book holds your attention and is a genuine, true page-turner." JazzReview.com
abounds with recollections and vivid, candid off-stage snapshots of musical notables, featuring the most detailed portrait yet in print of the origins of the 'free jazz' scene which arose in the early-to-mid-60s on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn . . . Entertaining as nostalgia, useful in filling in gaps in recent music and cultural history (and NYC history), The Traveler
is perhaps most important as a record of survival in a culture which, for all its surface worship of novelty, eats its home-grown dissident artists for breakfast." AllAboutJazz.com
About the Author
Perry Robinson is the internationally acclaimed jazz clarinetist. Florence Wetzel is the author of various works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.