John Corbett’s Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation Reviewed

Source: Chicago Reader.

Last fall I wrote about Microgroove, the first book from gallerist and occasional Reader contributor John Corbett in 21 years. Now, just six months later, he’s back with another new book, though it’s much smaller, both in page count and in it physical dimensions. A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation (University of Chicago Press) is designed and organized like a beginner’s field guide, and at a mere four inches across, the 172-page volume can easily fit into the back pocket of your jeans. On the back cover there’s a blurb from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche that says, “I wish I had this book twenty-five years ago!”