For those who love jazz, this audiobook provides valuable historical information on its development and influence on the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Unfortunately, what one doesn't hear is a lot of music, only descriptions of different styles and musicians. The main narrator is critic Stanley Crouch, but Abdul-Jabbar, Quincy Jones, will.i.am, and other celebrities also take part. Crouch has a voice that sounds as if he has a mouthful of molasses, only scratchier, and he tells tales of musicians with gusto. He’s understandable, and his pacing is fine, but it takes a few moments to get used to him. Abdul-Jabbar asks questions and talks about his jazz-infused home in a conversational, genial manner. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2011]
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2009
CD ISBN 978-1-4361-8999-6 $30.75 Two CDs
DD ISBN 9781456108984 $28.00
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