Nat Hentoff Reflects On Miles Davis, Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene

“Much of Hentoff’s attention since 2000 has focused on the greats of the past. There is little space in the collection for jazz’s modern practitioners and what Hentoff makes of them must therefore be a matter of speculation. There are a few portraits of modern jazz musicians such as saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen and a couple of bright young prospects that excite Hentoff, but it is telling that singer Amanda Carr’s father played in the bands of Woody Herman, Louis Prima and Herb Pomeroy, that trumpeter Theo Croker’s grandfather was Doc Cheatham and that singer Catherine Russell’s mother, Carline Ray, was bassist, pianist and singer in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Since a negative review of Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969) cost him his friendship with Miles Davis, Hentoff’s writing has reflected his personal tastes”

Click here to read Ian Patterson’s fantastic interview with Nat Hentoff, and here for Patterson’s complete review of Nat Hentoff’s At The Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene.


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