Monday, January 26, 2009

I haven't even seen it, but I know I want it

I stumbled upon this brief book review at the RAW website (if you don't visit it already, you really should). It is a collection of 200 candid photos and interviews of jazz musicians compiled by an unsung hero of the American jazz scene - the book is titled Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats.

Pannonica De Koenigswarter collected the three wishes of roughly 300 musicians over the course of a decade. Those wishes, along with the 200 or so images, make up this book.

I first heard about Pannonica (often cited as Nica in no less than 7 songs written for or about her) while I was watching the documentary Straight, No Chaser about Thelonious Monk. It was at her house in Weehawken, NJ on February 5th, 1982 that Monk died.

If and when I get the book I'll be sure to ammend this post with a proper review, but I am pretty confident that seeing the images alone will make me love it.