The second-published in a series of five original e-books about Astral Project.
David Lasocki, A Higher Fusion: The New Orleans Modern-Jazz Group Astral Project at 34 (published April 2012, price $12.95; pdf file size 6MB)
Praise for this book:
From the leader of the group, Tony Dagradi:
"The amount of information and understanding David Lasocki has brought together in 'A Higher Fusion' is mind boggling.
I canʼt think of any other text that documents the evolution of a contemporary jazz ensemble with such insight and amazing attention to detail.
When David first proposed doing a book about Astral Project I was of course intrigued and flattered by the possibilities.
I never suspected how much work was involved.
The interviews and musical revelations really give the reader a unique perspective into the inter-personal workings of the band as well as its musical development.
I can barely remember some of the gigs that are so fastidiously documented.
For me it is a delightful trip down memory lane, at once gratifying and humbling.
'A Higher Fusion' is an extraordinary book, sure to be a classic in the field of jazz history."
"The group is well worth the attentions of Lasocki...
a rigorously detailed history of the group....
it will prove to be an indispensable reference book that every serious student of New Orleans music history should read.
In a perfect world all the great musicians would have a volume such as this documenting their artistic achievements."
John Swenson, review in OffBeat
26, no. 10 (October 2013): 42.
"I have seen Astral Project over 20 times, and your books are like sweet nectar to a honeybee.
The level of detail and consummate research in their history make the book truly a 'must read' for any fan of jazz music.
Thoroughly engaged and reading this and the book on Steve Masakowski simultaneously!
Thanks for your amazing work!"
Optometrist and jazz guitarist, Louisiana
When Indiana University music librarian David Lasocki told me years ago that he was researching a book on Astral Project,
I never knew what an exhaustive work of scholarship and critical appreciation he would compile.
Really first rate!
If you're a fan of Astral Project -- as many of us have been for a long time -- then this is well worth reading.
Congratulations to him on bringing this great work to light!"
Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
“More than you ever wanted to know about Astral Project.
And that includes everything you DID want to know.
If you have ANY interest in this band, its history, or its place in the legacy of New Orleans music, don’t hesitate to pick up this book.”
Randy Bayers, Funk It Blog
"A great book about a great band, Astral Project. Awesome! Thanks, David, for the book and thanks, Astral Project, for the music."
Jirka Hala, jazz saxophonist, Czech Republic