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Shades of Blue | [Bill Moody]

Shades of Blue

After months of successful work in Europe, musician Evan Horne returns to settle in the San Francisco Bay area, where he makes inroads into the jazz scene. Life is good until he gets a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney. Evan's old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died and left Evan all of his possessions, including some mysterious sheet music.
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Publisher's Summary

After months of successful work in Europe, musician Evan Horne returns to settle in the San Francisco Bay area, where he makes inroads into the jazz scene.

Life is good until he gets a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney. Evan's old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died and left Evan all of his possessions.

Sorting through Hughes's belongings in Los Angeles, Horne finds a cryptic note, a mysterious photo, and handwritten sheet music of songs from the landmark Miles Davis recordings "Birth of the Cool" and "Kind of Blue". Was Hughes the real composer? And what was his relationship with Evan's mother? A whirlwind journey ensues, taking Evan across the country to find answers.

©2008 Bill Moody; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Evan's sixth case offers an infectiously mellow first-person narrative, a nostalgic undertone, and a nicely drawn combo of sidemen (and women)." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Kelly Howard Oregon 09-17-13
    Kelly Howard Oregon 09-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "good reading of book I could NOT get into"

    I can usually listen to anything, if the performance is at all tolerable. The performance certainly is not the problem here; I love Grover Gardner --his voice & his reading style-- & have commented that I'd listen to him read the phone book.

    Well, even GG & his magic voice couldn't get me into this one. I wasn't sure about writing a review at all, since I never could get thru the book despite multiple attempts. Just in case there's anyone out there like me who's not a serious jazz afficionado and does love GG, I'd say you might want to save your cash or credits. Just seemed like absolutely nothing was happening, nothing was going anywhere, & even the dialogue wasn't interesting enough to hang on for.

    As I've mentioned a few times, this was not even good enough to put me to sleep; a book has to grab some attention or I just end up worrying about life anyway. if it's too boring, I can't get out of reality. This one couldn't take me from reality for more than about a minute & a half at a time.

    I don't think this was worth a credit...even if the credit had cost 50 cents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    04-28-08
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    "Not much there, man"

    First one I have heard by this guy. Plot was weak. Dialogue was odd (too much "man" and "baby" - not sure people really ever spoke that way). No Connelly, Crais, Coben, or Child. Maybe I only like authors who's last name starts with "C"?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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