Mingus fingers

by Sandner, David, 1966-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Sandner
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Sandner
When jazz legend Charles Mingus comes to town, playing his double bass at the Nighthawk Club, one struggling musician sees what no one else can: Mingus playing "in the soul," transforming into a giraffe. Mingus calls it the underground: the place he goes when the music is everything and he doesn't have to think at all.Now Mingus sees something special in a younger musician, Kenny. Will Kenny have the same ability? Will he find the way to the underground?
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Scenes of jazz and boxing in 1950s San Francisco are interrupted by unexplainable transformations in this moody, meandering novella from Sandner and Weisman, who previously collaborated as editors of The Treasury of the Fantastic anthology. The nameless narrator, a session trumpeter and former boxer, is at home with his six-year-old nephew, Kenny, when a man comes to recruit him for a fight. The narrative then shifts focus to the jazz sessions the narrator plays with Charles Mingus, during which the trumpeter witnesses Mingus become a giraffe. Kenny is also subject to a surreal interaction with animals when he is mysteriously surrounded by rabbits and butterflies while playing in the backyard. The story returns to boxing in the end, when, during the final bout of the match for which he was recruited, the narrator momentarily feels himself being transformed into a bird before a punch to the face knocks him out. Though there is little narrative momentum, the odd magic and arresting imagery captures the feel of jazz. What this offbeat novella lacks in cohesion it makes up for in style. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mingus, Charles, -- 1922-1979 -- Fiction.
Publisher Bonney Lake, WA :2019
Edition Fairwood Press first edition.
Contributors Weisman, Jacob, author.
Language English
Description 62 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 9781933846873
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