Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories

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Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories

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A collection of short stories about jazz, featuring hot music and cool people. The contributors include James Baldwin, Julio Cortazar, Eudora Welty, Peter de Vries, Maya Angelou and Donald Barthelme.

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A tedious introduction by jazz critic Breton precedes 19 short fictions of varying quality. James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues," one of the best in the collection, lays out the troubled relationship of two brothers, one a straight-arrow schoolteacher, the other a jazz genius who can't keep away from drugs. Baldwin writes, "The man who creates the music is . . . dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air." Along with robust tales by the likes of Langston Hughes and Eudora Welty, there is an unexpected gem: a bittersweet story by Czech writer Josef Skvorecky, "Eine Kleine Jazzmusik," in which the "wicked, savage and sweet soul" of jazz is the vehicle of expression for a group of WW II g anti-Nazi youth. Unfortunately, these first-class stories are juxtaposed with others that are trivial, plodding or self-consciously artsy, like Ann Petry's overwrought "Solo on the Drums" ("He had become part of the drums. They had become part of him.") and Martin Gardner's weird vision, set in a dark church, of the devil playing a trombone accompanied by an angel on the organ ("The Devil and the Trombone").
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With impeccable taste and a great ear, Breton has collected 19 stories dealing with jazz and the jazz life. James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, Donald Barthelme, Langston Hughes, and Amiri Baraka are a few of the writers whose works are represented. Like the crop of jazz samplers in record bins, this collection can sometimes be jarring in the shift from one style to another, but unlike the samplers the thematic union here offers new insight with each new offering. Julio Cortazar's perfect "The Pursuer" is the fitting closing piece; readers interested in finding their way nearer to the center of jazz or in exploring the enigma of Charlie Parker will find far more reward in this story than in Clint Eastwood's languid move Bird . Recommended.
- Mark Woodhouse, Gannett - Tripp Lib., Elmira Coll., N.Y.
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