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"The only book about jazz that I have recommended to my friends. It is a little gem."—Keith Jarrett
"A masterful effort, which comes as close to the music's essence as prose can go."—Ted Gioia, San Francisco Chronicle
"Dyer turns jazz into poetry and his subjects into a beautiful sad music....Few will be unmoved by his passion and eloquence and the harrowing portraits of jazz's haunted geniuses."—Tom Graves, The Washington Post Book World
"A gorgeous and lyrical collection of nocturnal jazz reveries."—The New Yorker
"But Beautiful is just that, a moving and highly original tribute to Black American music."—Bryan Ferry
"An ingenious and brilliantly written book."—Richard Bernstein, The New York Times
"Startlingly vivid...a brilliant work...the written equivalent of a jazz performance...[Dyer] has created an unforgettable melody of his own."—Matt Schudel, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Posted September 1, 2003
It was a decent book, quick read that lasted a day, a meager 216 pages with the afterword which MUST be read, it adds some closure and definty to what you've read. If you arent associated with the genre it gives insight to what you may already surmise, but the clearity afterwords make you appreciate the lives however cruel and idiotic you may deem the vignette of a certain person ( i didn't have a good time with two or three and used many words I wont write) but they had passion none the less and the personal attachment and influences from the person and their swash buckling life while you are led around in a car with Duke ellington and his friend.
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Posted October 16, 2008
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