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The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography by Lee Tanner

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Sometimes music isn’t enough by itself. We crave more information, more insights and more intimacy with the artists whose music we enjoy. It’s the same with all the arts; why else would we have celebrity media coverage, the E! Network or even the publication you’re holding now? The photographs in this coffee-table-size book are another way for jazz to connect and communicate with us. They bring us more information about the jazz musicians and singers we listen to, provide the music with a visual history.

Twenty-seven photographers are represented in four main sections roughly dividing the years 1935-1992, and with the exception of some too-small images included in the preface by compiler/editor Lee Tanner; all of the photos are reproduced in sizes generous enough to fully appreciate. They range in style from the glossy, high-contrast, artfully angled and framed shots of Life photographer Gjon Mili to bassist Milt Hinton’s documentary snapshots only a trusted insider could capture.

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