Gene Lees is the publisher of the Jazzletter. He is
also a song lyricist and the author of more than a dozen volumes of
jazz history and criticism, including the highly acclaimed Cats
of Any Color: Jazz Black and White.
"The book is illuminating and memorable, with vivid, strongly personal profiles of Lees's four subjects." Terry Teachout, music critic for Commentary and contributor to Time Magazine "A writer like Gene Lees, who has the trust of the musicians he writes about, can lead listeners to the musicians' experiences that are at the continuing core of their music... He can lead listeners to want to know more about the music because they become so intrigued by the lives of the players." Nat Hentoff, from the Foreword