A thriving creative music scene based on jazz, classical music and absurdism, is described in depth from the perspective of an American music critic's insightful eyewitness accounts.The book explores Europe's most vital "alternative musical universe, " where improvisers and composers banded together to create a distinctive new sound. It combines oral history with critical evaluations of key recordings and recent club and concert appearances. Also discussed are various sociological and linguistic factors that affect Dutch jazz and its connections to American music.Kevin Whitehead writes about music regularly for "The Village Voice", "Down Beat" and "Coda" and also contributes to "Ear", "Jazz Times", "Musician", "Candence" and the Amsterdam daily "de Volkskrant". He's based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ©1998, 352 pages.