This is a new-format reprint of a successful jazz book documenting the debate over ground-breaking jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Coleman revolutionized jazz when he first started playing at The Five Spot in New York City in 1959. Lee investigates this time, considering both the changes within the art and within the society of the time.
David Neil Lee
David Neil Lee is a writer and double bassist. Originally from BC, he spent years in the Toronto art scene and on BC's Sunshine Coast. He currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Wolsak & Wynn recently published a newly revised edition of Lee's critically-acclaimed jazz book The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field. His previous novel, Commander Zero, was released in 2012 from Tightrope Books.
"This is a book worth reading for its exhaustive research and the provocative ideas contained in its thesis. " - The New York City Jazz Record
"Engaging and lucidly written, without a trace of academese, it's a fascinating perspective from which to view this sequence of events, an all-too-uncommon stepping to the side and coming at an issue from a new angle. Would that this were done more often. Highly recommended. " - Just Outside
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