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Music and the Creative Spirit by Lloyd Peterson

Lloyd Peterson is not a full-time jazz journalist. By day he is a Boeing executive in Seattle. Perhaps that is why he is so successful in getting artists to open up to him.

His book contains interviews with 40 jazz musicians, mostly left-of-center. Peterson’s questions focus on several key themes. He is fascinated by the creative process in the context of improvisation. He wants to know how artists are affected by current world events and by the state of the music industry. He seeks the perspective of American and European musicians on the evolution of jazz into an international art form.

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