But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

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In a series of fictional portraits, this book captures the beating heart of jazz, its pathos and lyricism, urgency and self-destruction - Charlie Mingus in New York: driven by range, built and behaving like a battering ram; Art Pepper in prison: an alto and Alcatraz; Lester Young in the Alvin.

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Remarkable...there can be few books on jazz written with such tenderness and care. (Adam Lively Times Literary Supplement)

But Beautiful is just that. A moving and highly original tribute to Black American Music. (Bryan Ferry)

As intricate a mixture of biographical essay and make-believe as is likely to be written. ( New York Times)

The only book about jazz that i have recommended to my friends. It is a little gem. (Keith Jarrett)

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