The Book Cooks
Excerpts from
Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life

by Mark Miller
(The Mercury Press; Toronto)

1) Bill Coss, “Background music,” Metronome, September 1955, 8.

2) Herbie Nichols, “Herbie Nichols says,” Metronome, February 1956, 18.

3) A.B. Spellman, “Herbie Nichols 1919-1963,” Jazz, October 1964, 26.

4) Leonard Feather, liner notes, The Prophetic Herbie Nichols [LP], Blue Note BLP 5068 and 5069, 1955. See also Nat Hentoff, “No mass production for Blue Note,” Down Beat, 27 June 1956, 12; Michael Cuscuna, “Producer’s notes,” The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Herbie Nichols, Mosaic Records 118, 1987, unpaginated [22].

5) Alfred Lion, quoted in Cuscuna, Complete Blue Note Recordings [22].

6) Nichols, “Herbie Nichols says.”

7) Feather, Prophetic Herbie Nichols.

8) Doug Ramsey, Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of Its Makers (Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press, 1989), 120-121.

9) Art Blakey, quoted in Roswell Rudd, notes, Complete Blue Note Recordings, [13].

10) Cuscuna, Complete Blue Note Recordings [22].

11) Whitney Balliett, “Umbrella of sound,” Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz 1954-2000 (New York: St. Martins Press, 2000), 520.

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