Brad Terry, I Feel More Like I Do Now Than I Did Yesterday (Lulu)
The quotations on the back of this remarkable book include one from a Jazz Times review that I wrote many years ago. It calls Terry, “one of the well-hidden clarinet secrets of our time.” At 78, his talent remains undercover despite accolades from Jim Hall, Roger Kellaway and Gene Lees, despite Dizzy Gillespie’s admiration for his musicianship. In part, that is because of his devotion to the camp he ran for years to develop character in difficult young boys. In an extension of that mission, Terry helped youngsters in the US and Poland learn to play jazz. He found time to record superb albums with guitarists Lenny Breau, John Basile and some of his Polish discoveries. All along, Terry has struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder. As natural a writer as he is a musician, his story leaves the reader admiring his heart, humor and courage.