Hard covered book titled TALKING JAZZAN ILLUSTRATED ORAL HISTORY by Ben Sidran, 1992, 1st Edition. 210 pages. The fifty conversations recorded in this book took place between the summer of 1985 and the spring of 1990. Ben Sidran refers to these encounters as "directed conversations" rather than interviews because his personal topics of interest and special points of view were key in determining the direction of each meeting. The result of his method is this group of stimulating, personal, insightful and informative discussions, which no only reveal the personality of each musician interviewed but also detail the performance, technique, business, history and emotions of jazz itself. Together these fifty interactions chronicle the oral history of an era and the people who made it what is was. It includes conversations with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Sonney Rollins, and Horace Silver, discussing topics from the relationship between rhythm and improvisation to the impact of technology on jazz. Each of the fifty conversations is illustrated with two duotone photographs of the featured musician. This elegant book is in VG+ condition. Pages are clean and intact, and the binding is tight.