This is easily the best and most enjoyable jazz autobiography I can recall reading. The foremost vibes player relates his successful career from the early days with his family group, and leads us via his time with George Shearing and Stan Getz to his own bands. He was also an senior educator at Berklee College. I don't know how he managed it!
I particularly liked his amusing anecdotes, such as his show with Stan Getz at the Carnegie Hall, when Dionne Warwick, who was also performing, discovered she had left her silver lame shoes at home, wouldn't perform without them, and had to borrow a pair from an audience member. They were too big ,she had to stuff them with Kleenex and shuffled around on the stage (maybe funnier at the time).
I particularly found interesting his explanation of hisimprovisation techniques on the vibes (or vibraphone as he always calls it).
Gary is particularly candid on his private life, his marriages and his realisation that he would only be happy as a gay man, and his subsequent gay relationships.
I found the whole book very readable, stimulating and a real page-turner. Highly recommended.