A comprehensive collection of essays, speeches, and interviews on the impact of jazz on other arts, on politics, and on the rhythm of everyday life, including an essay on poet and novelist James Weldon Johnson as a cultural critic, an interview with Wynton Marsalis, a speech on the heroic image in jazz, and a newspaper review of Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk.
O'Meally's volume is the first to focus exclusively on the rich interdisciplinary commentary that jazz has inspired over the decades. . . . Impressive and thoughtfully assembled.