A fantastic book chronicling the photographs and tapes of W Eugene Smith
's Jazz Loft Project – put together by author Sam Stephenson from Smith
's archives – featuring a selection of photographs and transcriptions of the actual tapes! It's an wonderful document, long legendary and seen by few, if anyone over the years. The photographs of musicians in action, and neighborhood shots through the window are as evocative as one could home for. The loft became a latenight hangout for jazz legends as well as a makeshift recording studio, and you get shots here of Roland Kirk, Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy
Guiffre, Lee Konitz, Thelonious Monk and many, many more – but the captured bits of conversation, and the scene setting of the text is just as exciting. Hardcover, 268 pages.
(Note: Cover has a small tear, and the price reflects that minor defect.)