The story of Ken McIntyre is not just the biography/autobiography/discography of one of the important improvisers of the 1950s to 1960s Bop-post Bop transition. In its subtext it is the story of the joys, passions, frustrations, and roadblocks of the creative improvising artist in the United States.
A candid look at the “Jazz business” through first-person accounts of McIntyre and other individuals on the scene, this biography amounts to a frank deposition of what went on between the artist, and his production, and the businessmen, focused on commerce. Unfortunately what was true in the 20th century remains all too relevant in the 21st century.
Many will embrace this work as reaffirmation of artistry over oppression. Many in the Jazz business will find themselves discomfited by the naming of names and laying bare uncomfortable truths.
Not just a detailing of one man’s journey, this work is in part a reference to the vital New York “Free Jazz” revolution of the ‘50s and ‘60s.