By Ben Sidran
Publish yr note: First released March twenty fifth 2003 via Taylor exchange Publishing
Sidran's splendidly crafted memoir revisits the various diversified elements of his existence and occupation: As a performer, he has recorded with jazz icons (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks) and rock legends (Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Steve Miller); as a composer, he has scored movies (Hoop Dreams); and as a pupil he has written books and articles at the heritage of jazz and black tune in the USA.
With a charismatic and educated voice, Sidran illuminates scenes from his youth in Chicago and provides an within view of the recording undefined, additionally revealing an wisdom of the background of Jewish contributions to jazz.
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Then it was back to the sidelines to lie immobile under a pile of blankets. The whole point, as Bob saw it, was to get Percy warmed up with the minimum expenditure of energy. When it was time for Percy to race, Bob even dug his starting holes for him. First up was the hundred-yard dash. Released from his blankets, Percy was “warm as toast,” and after two or three practice starts was ready to go. Bob kept him in the sweats and sweaters until the last moment. Then, as Percy was taking his marks, Bob raced down to the finish with his clothes so that he could re-bundle his boy the moment he was first through the tape.
Imagine my feelings,” Bob writes, “as he raced at the side of the great and graceful Coaffee in that style. ” 8 Cyril crossed the finish first in 10 1/5 seconds. Percy, struggling most of the way, came second. Things now became confusing. At just about any major track meet, a second-place finish in a semifinal guaranteed a spot in the final. Most major meets, however, were held on tracks with six lanes. The Varsity Stadium track had only five. To accommodate this fact, meet organizers had adopted an awkward qualification process for the final: the winner of each of the three semis would advance, plus the second-place finishers in the two fastest races.
2 He had gone out for rugby at the start of the school year, no doubt to Bob Granger’s immense aggravation, and had promptly twisted his ankle in his very first game. He contented himself with being the team’s secretary-treasurer after that. 3 He also formed a private club with his best friend Bobby Gaul and four others in his graduating class, complete with a custom-designed crest for their sweatsuits. ” 4 “Luke’s” track shoes, meanwhile, gathered dust in the closet. Bob Granger for his part was keeping busy with his unpaid coaching.
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