New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, Inc., 1961-1963. Early Perpetua Edition. Octavo. 11 Volumes. (20 x 13.5 cm.) Glossy pictorial wrappers with like slipcase. Each volume illustrated with photos of the subject musician. Mixed edition set with several volumes in reissue. Very minor scuffing to two volumes and very light wear to slipcase. All in all, a bright and vibrant production in fine condition. Item #86
Deep and informative biographies of jazz pioneers.The early jazz masters legacy is as much myth as music. Some lived broadly and others in obscurity. With music recording in its infancy, and musicians in constant movement between bands and gigs, scholarship of the jazz titans can be tricky. Eleven musical scholars tackle the biography and discography of one artist. Expertly researched and colorfully packaged, each book is a treasure dedicated to appreciating one musical genius at a time in all their glory, tragedy and legend.