Paul Harvey is a leading light in the saxophone world and has dedicated his professional life to both the playing and teaching of the instrument. This is a straight-on information book about the instrument, with a slight bias towards classical music. Although it is not a method book, anyone intending to start out playing (whether classical or jazz) might usefully get this book first. What Harvey does is to cover just about every aspect of the saxophone, its development history, mechanics, technique, fingering charts, special difficulties etc. and he even offers suggested lists of repertoire, instruction books etc. together with a brief guide to the most influential players of all time. Because of the size/format of each book in this series, Harvey has been hugely ambitious trying to cover so much ground but his effort was worth it. What I like above all is Harvey's simple no nonsense approach - he gives you the wealth of his experience in a way that is completely accessible, whilst deliberately steering clear of the phoney mystique that some writers love to indulge in with matters artistic! I think Harvey has met the conceptual intention of this series of books, namely trying to get across the essence of an instrument to readers who know little or nothing beforehand - no mean achievement!