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May 12, 2009

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Ed Leimbacher

I've always admired Hentoff's heart and brains, his clarity and fortitude. Your interview lets us experience his indomitable spirit and generous un-common sense as well. Nat's Fifties/Sixties writings (articles, liner notes, interviews, compiled books) helped make me a lifelong seeker of Jazz. Mr.H., thanks much; be well.

M.MALLOY

GREAT INTERVIEW, I LIKE THE COMPARISON TO THE CONSTITUTION
IN FACT ONE OF THE FIRST THOUGHTS WHEN I FIRST HEARD AH UM BY MINGUS AND COMPARED IN MY MIND WHAT I HEARD OF CONTEMPORAY JAZZ FROM TODAY WAS THAT FROM WHAT I HEARD, ( I WASN'T ALIVE BACK THEN) THERE WAS A DEEP LISTENING OR EMPATHY, THAT IN MY OPINION IS NOT SO PREVALENLT TODAY. OF COUSE IM A JAZZ FAN, SO I MIIGHT BE WAY OFF, THEN ALSO,
I REALLY DIG THIS GUYS RAFI ZABORS LINER NOTES ON P. METHENYS QUESTION AND ANSWER WHERE HE TALKS ABOUT DEMOCRACY, AND THE FREEDOM TO SPEAK.

Aizaaz Ali Khan

Ah, what a thoroughly enjoyable read that was. I'm a jazz neophyte and I've derived enormous pleasure as well as a deeper understanding of the music from reading the liner notes in records by people like Nat Hentoff, Ira Gitler, Leonard Feather etc.

Mr. Hentoff seems like a thoroughly affable man, the kind of person you could just sit and listen to for hours. Great interview.

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