Review: Oklahoma Today - March 1, 2006
"Ahh, winter reading. These two Oklahoma-based histories will help while away the time till spring has sprung. Douglas Henry Daniels' One O'Clock Jump: The Unforgettable History of the Oklahoma City Blue Devils (Beacon Press, $27.95, beacon.org) is a jazzy accounting of the band's life and times, beginning in the swinging 1920s…"
Review by: Richard M. Sudhalter, Los Angeles Times - January 11, 2006
"Douglas Daniels has written a provocative book, presenting Lester Young in a novel, even controversial light while opening new avenues of possible investigation into one of the most tantalizingly enigmatic of all historic jazz figures."
Review: Library Journal - November 15, 2005
"Daniels (black studies & history, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) fills a distinct gap in jazz scholarship with this chronicle of the group's ten-year existence (1923-33). Luckily, he had the foresight and good sense to seek out and interview surviving members long before he had a book contract."
Review: Publishers Weekly - October 24, 2005
"To explore the Devils' enormous impact and their unique spirit of brotherhood, Daniels minutely records the lives of several key members, including Basie, Page, Smith and the famous blues singer Jimmy Rushing. He also illuminates the vibrant community of black Oklahomans, completing this important chronicle in American music history."
Review: Booklist - October 1, 2005
"A sterling tribute to a group that certainly should be heading to the Jazz Hall of Fame."