24 CDs plus rare photos from Lee Tanner, extensive liner notes and essays from Gene Lees, Michael Cuscuna, Peter Straub, Ben Sidran and Craig Werner.
"Ben Sidran's interviews with jazz musicians, many of whom are now dead...were consistent, intelligent, not glib or jivey, and revelatory to the extent that these musicians would reveal themselves...the closest thing in jazz to the Paris Review's interviews with writers...expensive but addictive...can consume hours at a stretch; a commuter in your life may be grateful for it." -- Ben Ratliff, NY Times
"Talking Jazz is rife with all of the stuff that makes for humanity, selectively touching, in particular, those who happen to be jazz musicians...Mr. Sidran has gone far below the surface of emotions to the very core of our feelings." -- Benny Golson
"Listening to this collection is rather like eavesdropping on a particularly eloquent and focused chat." -- Mike Hobart, Financial Times of London
"Relaxed and illuminating" -- Musician Magazine
"Ben's knowledge about the music and interest in the music is really inspiring to us as musicians." -- Max Roach
"A fascinating kaleidoscopic view of jazz's major proponents..." -- Philadelphia Tribune
"Sidran doesn't just ask questions...he interacts with guests much in the same way he would if he were accompanying them on a jazz gig...his poise, intelligence and ease of delivery puts the most guarded musicians at ease...a godsend to the jazz musicians“ -- Eugene Holley