Praise for A Reign Supreme:“Mr. Crystal has fashioned a tale of virtue and vice in the modern world. It deals with corporate greed, the politics of today’s African economic scene and how they test the people who have to make their living in that environment. And it’s all backed by the mellow sounds of modern jazz. I’m sure it will intrigue all.” - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, legendary basketball star, author and jazz aficionado “>From the streets of New York to a remote tribal village in Kenya, A Reign Supreme is a moody, intriguing and emotional story. Our hero’s journey from teenage jazz prodigy, to a man haunted by his past, to accepting his surprising fate of heritage, is a terrific read. I’m not just Richard Crystal’s brother, I’m his fan.” - Billy Crystal, actor, comedian and writer “As you read ‘A Reign Supreme’ you will wonder if the author is a jazz musician from the streets of New York or was raised in a village in Kenya. The language of the characters is perfect and real. The descriptions of locations are both factual and extremely visual. Richard Crystal takes you on an adventure involving family loyalty, greed, life changing decisions and much, much more. Something for everyone.” - Lou Adler, award winning music and film producer, recently inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame “John Coltrane constructed his four-part magnum opus A Love Supreme as a harmonic journey meant to convey an ascendancy to spiritual enlightenment—the musical statement of one man meant to inspire and uplift all. With deep appreciation for that inspirational source, Richard Crystal has been inspired to create a story in four sections that follows that same path to a personal awakening, a return to one’s roots, and realization of one’s purpose. A Reign Supreme is a rare example of a powerful literary work drawing its spirit from a timeless musical classic, with a deft, reverential touch that avoids cliche or overstatement.” - Ashley Kahn, jazz historian and author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album and Kind of Blue – The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. “In “A Reign Supreme”, Richard Crystal creates a multi-dimensional experience for the reader such as I’ve rarely experienced. Besides creating a fascinating and suspenseful plot that keeps the reader turning pages and transports him or her to Kenya with details you can taste, hear and feel so well you would swear you were there, he has, through his own musical experience, created descriptions of jazz that enables the reader to actually hear the music. It’s extraordinary.” - Andrew Neiderman, Author of The Devil’s Advocate and the worldwide V.C. Andrews literary franchise
The orange flames of the row of torches illuminated the courtyard and the family of thatched huts that surrounded it. A stray tan dog lying by the warmth of a glowing firepit, caught sight of a native tribesman emerging from the shadows. His suspicion piqued, the restless hound raised his snout to pick up the scent, rose on four legs to stretch its tapered body and followed closely behind.
Making his way to the edge of the valley, the curious canine discovered the lone villager standing silently in the surrounding darkness atop a rolling hill, the tenor saxophone suspended from the thick leather strap around his neck.
Momentarily, the birds in the sacred forest began their high-pitched cries to summon the sleeping sun to rise from the bed of night.
The solitary figure took his musical cue, tilted his head down and lifted the body of the golden horn firmly in his hands until the jet black mouthpiece kissed his lips. After a deep, grateful breath to fill his lungs, he released the essence of his life force into the curved metal vessel. His rich joyful sound, emanating from the depth of his soul, resonated through the morning mist to join the plethora of heavenly sounds of the blessed feathered chorus.
The cascading fronds of the distant palm trees appeared as a cluster of floral silhouettes as the first rays of light warmed the horizon.
A small herd of zebra tentatively approached the watering hole as a white heron sailed gracefully above them, its giant wings moving in perfect unison as it climbed ever higher in the African sky.
It was dawn.
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