Friday, 6 May 2016

YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN - DOROTHY BAKER

The brilliant, tough and racy novel of a great jazz musician


TOWER BOOKS T-409
FIRST PRINTING JULY 1946
CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA
COVER ART BY GUNTER

The theme of this novel is as old history-the battle of the artist against the world. But the subject of it is as new as the latest dance tune. Young Man with a Horn is the story of a jazz musician who is a genius in the art of "swing," of his meteoric rise to fame, and of the burning conflict between body and spirit.

Rick Martin is still in his early twenties when a famous orchestra leader hears him and brings him to New York, where he becomes a sensation, recognized as the greatest trumpeter in the business. He is unswervingly devoted to one thing-his music. Then, in a Harlem night club, he meets Amy North, brilliant, perverse, complex-everything that Rick is not.

Here is a story with a ring of truth; the story of an artist burdened with that difficult baggage-the soul of an artist. The clean-cut, unpretentious style, the rapid tempo are beautifully in keeping with the theme.

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