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Now's the Time Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2009
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A riveting jazz odyssey, written with passion, authenticity, depth, and insight. The pages burn. Larry Strauss writes with a real love and understanding of the jazz musicians who give their lives to their art. --David Evanier, author of Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin
A quintessential search into the past with surprising and moving revelations that echo into the present, Now's the Time is Strauss' strongest work yet, and will not only delight jazz aficionados but all readers of insightful and compelling storytelling. --Leonard Chang, author of Crossings, Black Heron Press
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Top Customer Reviews
Now, years later, Didi is grown and a trumpet player looking for a break. Her boyfriend and her roommates keep letting her down in all sorts of things, and when a record company hears her play, it's not her they want, but the piano player.
But then Didi learns about a tape of her father's last recording, a recording said to be amazing. This begins her search for the tape, and on her journey, she finds herself.
Didi is a remarkable character, complex and compelling. Sultry and bluesy, Strauss pens a tale of warmth, loss, and balm for the soul. The plot is sound, the mystery slowly unfolding, keeping you turning the pages quickly as the characters leap to life. History and music buffs will enjoy this one!
The standard tropes of noir-y fiction are gone, and replaced by real three-dimensional characters, ones that you know pretty well by the end.
This book reminded me of Walter Mosley's work, minus the violence of course. Like Mosley (in particular his character Socrates Fortlow), Strauss focuses not on the extreme edges of humanity, but instead starts with characters somewhat in the middle, and then expands outwards.
I recommend this book for a relaxing trip back into our musical past, and I recommend it to jazz-lovers and jazz-neophytes alike.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fabulous read! After reading it and enjoying it myself, I bought copies for all the jazz fans in my life.Published 21 months ago by NSM
Now's The Time is another insightful piece of work from Larry Strauss. Very interesting and tenderly writen, I highly recommend it!Published on March 10, 2013 by Halbert