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This fine if elusive novel about a jazz giant echoes his art in both its style and its story-telling

Thursday books: Jazz blowing hot and cool

VISIONS OF JAZZ: THE FIRST CENTURY

JAZZ: The bossest nova

Vinicius Canturia, Bugge Wesseltoft

Letter: Ludovic and literalism

JOHN MORRISH attacks the "literalism" of Ludovic Kennedy's book All in the Mind (Culture, 31 January), mocks him for saying he doesn't know what the Apostles' Creed means, compares it with "a baby's smile, or a piece of fruit, or a burst of Miles Davis", all of which are "mysterious and beautiful", and concludes that none of them "mean" anything, though this doesn't make religion "untrue".

Words: plump, v.

THE FATE of the mayor who used the word niggardly shows how it is easy to offend Americans. And, in an East Village record store, I dithered over two hefty Miles Davis CD box-sets, and said, "I'll plump for that one" - not a verb to use in front of the dietetically-challenged cashier.

Books: The things we believe

All in the Mind: A Farewell to God

Pop & Jazz: Live: Kitchen-sink superstars

Kenny Wheeler/Lee Konitz/John Abercrombie/Dave Holland St George's Brandon Hill Bristol

Words: viviparous, adj.

PROBABLY THE best book ever is Richard Cook and Brian Morton's The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. In eight years and four editions, it has grown to 1750 pages.

Arts: Jazz? Far too many notes

If the sound of silence is what you look for in jazz, then Kenny Wheeler's your trumpeter. By Phil Johnson

Greco remains untamed at 71

JEAN-PAUL Sartre was her friend. Miles Davis was her lover. She acted with Orson Welles. She was arrested by the Gestapo at the age of 15. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was the antidote to Brigitte Bardot: the intellectual, untamed Frenchwoman, sexy but politically correct, the kind of woman that thinking, leftist men all over the world could fancy (while doubtless also lusting after Bardot).

Jazz: Miles ahead, years later

PORGY AND BESS

First Night: A labour of love brings jazz history to life back to life

Porgy And Bess Barbican Hall

Christmas books: Jazz - Of beginners, nerds and Courtney Pine

William Sutcliffe looks at the perfect books for pianists and unembarrassed jazz-rock fans

Pop: Like nothing you've ever heard before

Phil Johnson celebrates the remastering of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew

Putting in the extra Miles

Most writers seem to knock off a biography over a couple of wet Saturdays. Not Ian Carr. His took 23 years. By John L Walters

Jazz and Blues

The Oris London Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday with shows by such varied artists as the salsa violinist Alfredo De La Fe of the Fania All Stars, British hard-boppers Art Themen and Don Weller, and the jazz fusion of guitarist Deirdre Cartwright.
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