It is evident that many who frequent this establishment are literate. There are many good spellers here, for example.... Seriously, anyone have any general musical reading they'd care to recommend? I'm not talking method and technique here, I'm talking for the hell of it. I've got one to start: anybody I've shared it with has gotten off on Jazz Anecdotes by Bill Crow. It shows that, if nothing else, the musicians who went before us knew how to laugh. The story about Ray Brown putting loose ball bearings into Oscar Peterson's Steinway just before a set is worth the price of admission. If I'm not mistaken Ray did it when Oscar was going to croon a little ballad for the folks. Just picked up Basie's bio "as-told-to" Albert Murray. Looks yummy. That's what made me think of the thread.