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Garrison Fewell has written a brilliant discussion of creativity and spirituality, delving into the deep relationship between these two subjects that spark the explorations of many of the pioneers of avant-garde jazz music. I’m intrigued by the broad scope of the dialogues that are illuminated by his insight resulting from his own powerful experience in the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. There is much detail here that is compelling and encourages much more than a single reading of this book. There are many surprises to explore that are not only insightful but, ultimately, uplifting, encouraging, and empowering.”

Herbie Hancock, Grammy Award–winning pianist, composer, Unesco Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue



Outside Music, Inside Voices is a collection that structurally resembles Arthur Taylor’s classic Notes and Tones, but with a difference, because Garrison Fewell begins with his own journey beyond the lessons taught in music schools, and then consults 25 peers to compare and contrast experiences. The points of similarity—and difference—are fascinating, revealing the many mansions in the community of creative sound. Fewell has unlocked a rarely opened window into some of the past half-century’s most important musical voices.”

Bob Blumenthal, author of An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America’s Music and Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins



As a player and composer, Garrison Fewell knows this music from the inside out. These enlightening, passionate conversations with his peers and colleagues will serve as a crucial document in the history of jazz and improvised music.”

Jon Garelick, contributor to the Boston Globe, Downbeat, Jazziz



As a musician Garrison Fewell inserts an elegant poised lyricism into even the freest settings. He reveals a similarly incisive yet empathetic approach to probing the fount of creativity in this collection of conversations with some of today’s brightest talents in adventurous jazz.”

John Sharpe, jazz journalist for The Wire, New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz

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