A remarkable tale of an artist as antihero. Here is an existential journey through the absurd world of the artist, his adventures filled with the extremes of frustration and elation. From memories of growing up in North Africa, to his first forays in the art world as a sculptor in post-war France, to the successful European recording career that his musical abilities brought him, Errol Parker brings us to his decision to turn his back on all that and forge a new identity. Driven by a passion to pursue his individuality in improvised music, he changed his name and moved to the U.S., birthplace of Jazz, land of opportunity and individualism.
Today, Errol Parker remains one of the most original Jazz stylists, critically acclaimed, but still relatively overlooked by the general public. His accounts, observations, and journeys are as unique and boldly stated as is his music. A narrative that solicits both empathy and hilarity, this is an inside look at an outsider's experiences in Jazz as he discovers and shapes a new style of music out of the African-American Tradition. Above all, this is a highly entertaining read from start to finish.