The demise of has yielded something at least to the world of Jazz in freeing to work on this translation. Alongside the works of Hodeir and Sternes, The New Book will undoubtedly be placed, and justifiably. It's a classic! A classic from the school, so rarely attended by Jazz critics, of ""clear think"", probing all the dimensions of the music. What it is, why it is, where it's been, where it is, where it's going, why it's going there, and who may very well take it there. Storyville has finally been laid to rest with definitive placement. ""Atonality"" could very well disappear from the lay vocabulary. And in Berendt's paralleling of trend to trend in the evolution of Jazz and European music, a staggeringly catholic mind is revealed. Some of the more parochial prigs may be won over. The analysis of synthesis of all elements of Jazz, the instruments, the instrumentalists, the vocalists, rhythm-and-blues, succinct biographies, big bands, combos, the folk element, religion and jazz -- Berandt has left nothing out.