Early Response to Sittin’ In
#1 New Release/Jazz Music
A great book... A story that needs to be told
Vivid and beautiful
An astonishing and revelatory book...It hits all the right notes. And that's saying something
A remarkable alternate history. Sittin' In isn't just worth a read. It's downright necessary
Unprecidented...explores a seminal period in jazz culture, including how [jazz clubs] broke racial barriers
Big-time props to my brother, Jeff Gold...Sittin' In covers the incredibly important role jazz played in integration, as jazz clubs were among some of the first places that allowed integration during the Jim Crow era, on stages and in the audiences. It was never about the color of your skin...jazz was & is simply about 'Can you play, sucka!' & that's exactly what this book is about!
**** [Four Stars]
This handsome book looks back not only to the distant years of clubs long gone, but to a seemingly distant time--pre-Covid 19--when we could gather freely with one another, relax, and enjoy the best live music in the land
Really a treasure and one that makes you ponder the dynamics, the heat and the thrill of a world that will never return and one we might have never entered
A vibrant history...beautifully designed...meticulously laid out and researched
Fabulous; well thought out, beautifully put together and artfully done with superb taste…a treasure for all who care to know
A surprising feast of iconography that doubles as a stealth work of jazz history
What a great book--I'm staggered by the archival material that's been researched. Congratulations. You're making me envious
A beautiful book...highly, highly recommended
Absolutely fascinating…a thoroughly entertaining, coherent, visually enticing package
Sumptious...Gold gets right the camaraderie of the musicians, the atmosphere, the celebratory nature of the club experience, and the Black-white mingling in those tiny temples of music...represents a major step in jazz scholorship
A swinging book, with amazing interviews and pictures...check it out
In a word, exquisite. Meticulously laid out and extensively researched, it’s a deep dive into this amazing period of American cultural history
A book that has a lot to say...It champions and shines a long overdue light on a golden era of our society...take a closer look and see that the jazz culture was, and is, a powerful spirit of our society
Without a doubt a MAJOR contribution to jazz history in so many ways…truly a must-have for anyone for whom swing is the thing
Any research project of this depth and breadth deserves celebration…So valuable, and so browsable
A terrific book...Highly recommended!
A revelation. In these unique images of mid-century jazz clubs, the camera is turned on the audience—showing the hidden history of racial integration
You definitely feel like you're back in the era when looking at these photos...just fascinating
This marvelous book is a must for anyone interested not only in the history of jazz and American city culture but also for its wondrous design...Take the trip! It just might blow your mind...
Book of the year! Easily!