The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History And The Challenge of Bebop
Judging by the extensive bibliography Ramsey's Jr.'s research was absolutely thorough, in academic terms. However, he draws so heavily from other published academic sources that at times the book reads like a synthesis of existing ideas. Furthermore, the distinct lack of interviews conducted in putting together this book seems odd. It seems like an oversight not to have interviewed saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Lee Konitz, trumpeter Clark Terry or drummer Roy Haynesall of whom played and recorded with Powell.
There's much to admire in Ramsey Jr.'s work, and more than a little food for thought. Nevertheless, the fact that Powell tends to flit in and out of the narrative only compounds the notion of the pianist as an enigmatic, somewhat elusive figure. The author's academic lucidity tends to outshine the supposed main focus of the narrativethe amazing Bud Powell.