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Coltrane - the story of a sound

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Anybody reading this new book by Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for the NY Times? The first part is a biography, documenting how Trane came up, who he played with and how his style changed over the years.

The second part gets into how his music influenced others, and reflected the political environment of the day. This part started out slow for me, but I'm starting to get into it. I remember hearing about this stuff at the time, but was too young to really understand what was going on.

Your thoughts?
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Also, when an author develops a specific premise—stakes out a territory—the work often gets bogged down because the author tries to stay on a narrow track to be true to the premise rather than allowing the research and writing to chart its own course and find its own way.

I haven't read this particular book, but I've seen this happen many times. I am guilty of it, in fact, which is why I painfully understand it.
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