Reading How Music Works is like the literary equivalent of an iPod on shuffle. It really offers fresh and unexpected stimulation at every turn. Byrne's insightful discourses on music, from very different parts and aspects of the musical spectrum, create fascinating perspectives. It is not just a deeply thoughtful and richly populated survey of music. It's a meditation on hearing itself.
I love jazz because it's been a life's work.
I was first exposed to jazz by my father.
I met Hampton Hawes.
The best show I ever attended was Les McCann.
The first jazz record I bought was Herbie Hancock.
My advice to new listeners is to listen at a comfortable volume.