The best writer on jazz I know,now that Whitney is now sharing celestial Bourbon with Pee Wee, Fats, Satch, Duke et al. Like Balliett, he reveals new aspects, uncovers new ways of appreciating the music, fresh ways of listening. If you’re a jazz-lover,and you haven’t yet enjoyed his work, then you’re in for a treat.
Two books….collections of his Village Voice pieces….that I admire are “Visions of Jazz, The First Century “ and “ Weather Bird, Jazz at the dawn of its second century “
Beware, however, the Rip Van Winkle effect. Pick up one of these plump tomes,dip into the index,and you won’t be back until dark. Look for him at….
And now ( March 2008 ) I’m enjoying a new Giddins collection,”Natural Selection”, which this time is not jazz-centric,but puts the beam on interesting little cultural capillaries such as Classics Illustrated, Ray Harryhausen, and Jerry Lewis……A man who does no wrong and from whom one can be certain to learn something nourishing.