ReviewsNominated for the 2018 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research
Like the music (and life) of its subject, Clark’s biography, which is supplemented by an admirably thorough discography, is single-minded, almost dogged, in its purpose: unsentimentally and dispassionately to document the career, in all its sometimes uncomfortable detail, of one of this country’s greatest musicians. It’s a considerable (and valuable) achievement.
London Jazz News
The pianist and composer had carved an indelible place for himself at UK jazz's top table, and this illuminating biography by his son Clark - a neat and attractively presented hardback - presents an unfailingly absorbing narrative recounting remarkable times.
Clark's clear-eyed account of his father's life is a triumph, as is Stephen P. Didymus' splendidly comprehensive discography.
Listen to his record as you read, they are the best accompaniment to this fine book.
Chris Searle, Morning Star
The Godfather of British Jazz is a book that will fascinate jazz fans.
The Northern Review of Books