This is the best and most complete tracking of Lewis' career. - John Riley 

This wonderful research work illuminates not only the life and work of Mel Lewis, but in doing so uncovers for the reader a treasure trove of great music. - John Mosca

Through exhaustive research and numerous interviews with personal associates of Mel Lewis, Smith has produced the first significant retrospective regarding the life of one of the most influential jazz drummers of all time. - Jim White

This book contains meticulously researched musical and historical information, a discography containing every recording mentioned in text, transcriptions and analyses that speak to musicians and laymen alike, substantial use of original interviews, and previously unpublished photographs and memoirs. The samples below show several of these aspects. I sincerely hope this can be your complete resource on Mel and inspire a deeper listening of his music. Enjoy! - CS