In this freewheeling collection of short stories and vignettes, the famed French cartoonist examines not only the music but the nature of the jazz subculture. The grumpy festivalgoer, the curmudgeonly collector, and many other fan “types” are the targets of his unerring gimlet eye. Drawn in a range of styles as improvisational as Coltrane and Mingus — everything from loose linework to tight pen and ink to gestural pencils — Blutch captures the excitement of live performance, the lovelorn, and the Great Jazz Detective, who is out but not down.
"Blutch’s work has tremendously inspired myself and an endless line of cartoonists, humbled by the virtuosity of his lush brushwork. It’s long overdue for his books to be translated into English." — Craig Thompson (Blankets)
"Like listening to a great solo, Total Jazz washes over the reader and envelops them in Blutch’s graceful artistry." — The A.V. Club
"Blutch's pieces are like a tornado confined to a bottle. They show a fairly wide variety of line work and approach, but they’re all animated by the same rambunctious, itchy spirit. Read this book!" — Paste
"Blutch's work here is dedicated to finding the answer to what makes not just listening to jazz but finding yourself in it, dedicating yourself to it, obsessing over it, actually worthwhile — and finally getting lost in that connection between the music and the people who play it." — The Comics Journal