But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz
In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and Dyer brings it to life in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician’s style.
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Review: But Beautiful: A Book About JazzUser Review - Beverly - Goodreads
Although this is a work of near genius, I got tired of it. Geoff is a famous genre-masher. Here he mashes together biography, fiction, and music criticism to tell the stories of eight famous jazz ... Read full review
Review: But Beautiful: A Book About JazzUser Review - Luciano De benedictis - Goodreads
It starts (and goes on) like a short story collection on some key figures of Jazz music. He managed to bring me back to an atmosphere I could never have lived, and neither did him. All the scenes ... Read full review