Half-blood Blues

Half-blood Blues

A Novel

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Half-Blood Blues pays a tribute to the Hot-Time Swingers, a once-legendary six-piece German-American multiracial jazz ensemble gigging in Berlin on the eve of WWII. When the pianist is picked up by the Gestapo, the remaining members flee to Paris with forged passports to meet Louis Armstrong in hopes of cutting a record. After the German occupation of Paris, "the Boots" arrest Hieronymous ("Hiero") Falk, the band's 20-year-old-genius Afro-German trumpet player, leaving the band with one half-finished record, one shattered love affair, and one too many secrets. The story of the band's demise and partial resurrection, as seen through the eyes of Sid Griffiths, the upright bass player, unfolds in vignettes alternating between 1939/1940 (when Hiero disappears) and 1992 (when Sid and Chip Jones, the percussionist, revisit Berlin for a Hieronymous Falk festival and walk down memory lane).
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ISBN: 9781427222787
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Jan 21, 2014

Kyle Riley did an excellent job of bringing the Esi Edugyan's story to life. Esi described the music like she was a jazz musican herself.

Jun 09, 2012

A riveting story that mostly takes place within the confines of a all-too-familiar historical setting (Berlin and Paris on the eve of the Second World War) but which is narrated from an uncommon perspective, that of a struggling African-American jazz musician and his ragtag, multi-ethnic bandmates. I was impressed with the quality of the prose and the attention to detail with regards to period slang, though some may find this to be a difficult code to crack at first. The narration for the audio book is also well done, though I found that the narrator's deep voice meant I had to continually adjust the volume on my car stereo upward so as not to miss out on what was happening. On the whole, highly recommended!


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