Books: Hot v. Sweet

PIANO IN THE BAND — Dale Curran — Reynal & Hifchcock ($2).

Young Man With a Horn, by Dorothy Baker (TIME, June 6, 1938), was inspired by the life & work of the immeasurably talented Bix Beiderbecke. Readers raved over the novel; jazz musicians held it in thorough contempt.* Piano in the Band is like a roomful of rank amateurs through whose affectionate bloobs and bleatings may be heard, if faintly and scratchily, the record they are trying to duplicate: Tin Roof Blues. Whether readers can rave over it is doubtful. What musicians will...

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