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Half the jazz world believe that Merlin Black has made a pact with the devil. The other half believe that he is the devil. How else could one man have so much evil in ...
Half the jazz world believe that Merlin Black has made a pact with the devil. The other half believe that he is the devil. How else could one man have so much evil in him? How else could he set his trumpet on fire? And why is everyone who worshipped him dead?
Posted January 27, 2000
Walter Ellis's PRINCE OF DARKNESS is an absolutely smashing book. I don't have much interest in jazz, and thought a book about a jazz musician might not be my cup of tea. But once I started PRINCE OF DARKNESS, I couldn't put it down. It's powerful, moving, funny, unpredictable, harrowing -- a real experience. Like most of the people in Merlin Black's life, the reader swings between loving the great jazz trumpeter and hating him. But in the end, we care deeply about him. Walter Elllis has created a vivid and compelling portrait of a conflicted genius, and at the same time brought the world of jazz to life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.