Books: Hot Jazz Reportage

SEND ME DOWN—Henry Steig—Knopf ($2.50).

A first novel by the brother of New Yorker Artist William Steig is the best story so far about hot jazz and the people who make it. Dorothy Baker's Young Man With a Horn showed tinny enthusiasm, a specious literary talent; Dale Curran's Piano in the 'Band had a warmer enthusiasm, less talent. But even Send Me Down leaves a long way to go. Its author has had some actual experience as a jazz musician, has knowledge and taste about the music, can do good reportage on the professional...

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