This past month has seen steady progress toward the
publication of Reflectory: The Life and Music of Pepper Adams. First, I’ve re-edited
for the last time before its September release Chapters 8-
12. I’ve also submitted final copies of Chapters 2-4 for
eBook formatting. Chapters 1 and 5-7 are still out for
Also, most of the book is eBook ready, and that includes a number of photographs. All that remains is incorporating what my readers suggest, formatting the front- and end-matter, inserting new versions of most chapters in place of what’s there already, getting all the music links formatted, and finishing the Music Directory. Things still look good for its September release.
I recently received this wonderful blurb from John Gennari,
that will be added to the front matter:
“Gary Carner’s deep and painstaking research into the life
and music of Pepper Adams, coupled with his sure feel for
this underappreciated jazzman’s complex personality, has
yielded an absorbing biography that also reveals much
about the jazz life writ large. Carner’s nimble narrative
captures Adams as a man of reserve and sensitivity thrown
into the always bracing, sometimes exasperating tumult of
jazz’s post-bop Detroit-to-New York vector. Reflectory is
jazz history of the first rank.”
Gosh, I sure am gratified by this! If anyone in the world is
an expert on the history and literature of jazz, it’s Gennari.
I’m adding his last sentence to the book’s cover.
Speaking of Gennari, I now use three quotes as chief
epigraphs in the book:
Ya gotta be original, man
– LESTER YOUNG
How many musicians out there are really different?
– RAN BLAKE
Because jazz demands that musicians find their own sound
and stamp their performances with a singular individuality,
those who succeed in music tend to be distinctive, singular
– JOHN GENNARI