This book is really a fascinating journey. The author, a former wife, of the great jazz pianist has compiled interviews and quotes from about as many sources as one might imagine could be collected. For example, and certainly not in order of importance, these are just some of the people who have been quoted about Al Haig: Gil Fuller, Ross Russell,Stan Levey, Miles Davis,
Ray Brown, Tommy Potter, Charlie Parker,Walter Bishop,Jr.,Bill Triglia, Chuck Wayne, Harry Belafonte,Eddie Bert,Ozzie Cadena, Candido, John Carisi,Kenny Clarke, Bill DeArango,Blossom Dearie,Buddy DeFranco, Gene DiNovi, Lou Donaldson, Billy Eckstine, Leonard Feather,Leonard Gaskin, Dizzy Gillespie,Al Grey, Tiny Grimes,Jon Hendricks,Nat Hentoff, Al Hibbler,Milt Hinton,Dick Hyman,Milt Jackson, Hank Jones,Duke Jordan,Morgana King,Don Lamond, Don Lanphere,Gene Lees,Lou Levy, Junior Mance,Dodo Marmarosa,Marty Napoleon,Jackie Paris,Chan Parker,Max Roach,Betty Roche,Red Rodney, John Russell, Little Jimmy Scott,Lucky Thompson,Toshiko, David Amram,John Bunch,Bill Crow,Russ Freeman,Stan Getz,Roy Haynes,Lin Halliday,Major Holley,Mike Longo, Dave McKenna, Anita O'Day, Bud Powell,Annie Ross, Horace Silver,Phil Urso, Phil Woods,Ahmad Jamal, Walter Norris,Jimmy Wormworth,Jaki Byard, George Coleman,Harold Mabern, Dick Meldonian,Helen Merrill,Billy Mitchell, Jamil Nasser,Henri Renaud,Sarah Vaughan,Stanley Crouch,Richard Cook,Peter King, Mark Morganelli,Phil Schaap. The list was almost endless. Also, many anecdotes about other players of the time such as Allen Eager,Chet Baker,Jon Eardley,Bill Evans. The book probably could have been improved with better editing. But really provides valuable insight into the atmosphere of jazz in the 1940's-60's.