Four Jazz Lives
by A.B. Spellman
University of Michigan Press, 2004
Paper: 978-0-472-08967-3 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02264-9
Library of Congress Classification ML394.S74 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 781.650922
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A. B. Spellman is a well-known author, poet, critic, and instructor. He has published numerous books and articles on the arts, including Art Tatum: A Critical Biography and The Beautiful Days.
"An essential book in the jazz canon. . . . [T]he University of Michigan Press has given it a rebirth under the title Four Jazz Lives."
—Nat Hentoff, JazzTimes
— Nat Hentoff, JazzTimes
"An engrossing, impressionistic history of contemporary jazz."
"[Spellman] views these men with a perceptive and understanding eye."
—New York Times
— New York Times
"Remains the best introduction to the worlds of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Nichols, and Jackie McLean."
— Ben Ratliff
"Four black jazzmen speak at considerable length for themself, with connective passages supplied with persistent relevancy by a poet, historian, and critic."
— Nat Hentoff
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction to the New Edition
Introduction to the Original Edition
I. Cecil Taylor
II. Ornette Coleman
III. Herbie Nichols
IV. Jackie McLean
Selected Bibliographies and Discographies
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