"... attractive combination of affection and candor... A serious, thoughtful book, as lucidly written as a first-class literary biography..." -- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"A major piece of jazz scholarship, the book cuts no corners." -- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
"Every jazz musician should be lucky enough to get a biography as thoroughly researched and luxuriously produced." -- Paul deBarros, Seattle Times
"Rarely in the annals of jazz biography has a subject's career been documented so thoroughly... a monumental work." -- Downbeat Magazine, July, 2005
...an invaluable addition to jazz literature. I knew Paul Desmond, but I found so much more I did not know. -- Nat Hentoff, noted critic and jazz writer
The detail of the research is astonishing. The writing is exquisite. I've never seen a biography like it. -- Gene Lees, Editor of "The Jazz Letter"
This is the finest biography we've had of an important jazz figure. -- Dan Morgenstern (Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies)
About the Author
Doug Ramsey is a veteran print and television journalist, who has written extensively on jazz and jazz personalities.