Food For Thought
Review of Jazz Lines...free verse in the key of jazz
by Debbie Burke
Author of Icarus Flies Home
Sing a song of jazz titles
From musicians near and far
Big band, bebop, traditional
Bring lyrics to where you are
Ed Berger’s photos lovingly placed
In luminous black & white
Accompanied by free verse from
Gloria Krolak from NPR, that’s aight
In her book from 2018, NPR host and author Gloria Krolak uses the photos of Ed Berger and poetry to tell a story of the jazz life. The images are lush and convey the right mood: Lee Konitz, Christian McBride, Carol Fredette, Kurt Elling. Krolak’s free verse explores categories that song titles suggest: the passage of time through the days of the week; an address book with women’s names (“Georgia on My Mind,” “Nancy with the Laughing Face”) and anatomy (“Body and Soul,” “Sugar Hips”). Krolak is the host of “Good Vibes” and is a jazz columnist.
Photographer Ed Berger (1949-2017), who at 16 took his first jazz photo at a Louis Armstrong concert, was an author, radio host and record producer.
“Jazz Lines” is inventive, satisfying, and beautifully produced.
(c) 2021 Debbie Burke