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Photo Book Looks At ‘American Jazz Heroes’

German photographer Arne Reimer has collated his shots of American Jazz greats for a photo book.

Originally appearing in Axel Steinhoff’s ‘Jazz Thing’ magazine over a period of three years, Arne Reimer’s photos were eventually published in the German language book ‘American Jazz Heroes’. In an interview for the website of Theo Parrish’s Wildheart Recordings, Reinmer describes how the project is aimed at focusing on “older musicians who were not so much in the focus of the media anymore”. Featured in ‘American Jazz Heroes’ are some incredible shots of multi-instrumentalist Yusuf Lateef (pictured above), drummer Idris Muhamad -both recently deceased, pianist Cecil Taylor and drummer Bernard Purdie amongst many others.

‘American Jazz Heroes’ is currently only available to buy in German here, although Reimer is actively seeking an English language publisher.


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Idris Muhammad

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Cecil Taylor

via Wildheart Recordings