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June 21, 2011

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Michael Steinman

Lovely post and lovely photographs. Ricky's book is much more about Louis living, enjoying himself tremendously, than it is about Louis dying . . . but the Waldorf gig is a great heroic story, isn't it?

Bruno Leicht

Well said, Michael --

It's the universal story of the human condition, and how it overcomes the pains and sorrows of life, turning the physical defeat into a victory of the spirit.

You would find such victories in the biographies of all musical geniuses who experienced similar physical pains towards the ends of their rich artistic lives:

Billie Holiday, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Booker Little, Bud Powell, Gustav Mahler, Charlie Parker, or Lester Young, just to name a few of the all-time greats in music history.

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