Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje
According to legend and hearsay, Buddy Bolden invented jazz. And perhaps he did. No one has a better claim to the honor. But no recordings exist to give credence to the scattered first-hand testimonies. Bolden himself didn't stay on the scene long enough to offer his own assessment of his contributions to the music. He lived until 1931, but spent the la…
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