So Good: Art Pepper

The seventh and final chapter of “But Beautiful,” by Geoff Dyer deals with Art Pepper. My guess is that Dyer put him last because he seems to embody so much of the other six players – his sound has hints of each, and his life had chaos and jail and tragedy to burn. ~FIN~ There is an afterword that discusses the major themes in jazz history, and also includes a great discography that I’ll be listening through, perhaps over years. I didn’t know some of these players, but I know them now, far better than I would have by simply listening. I’m going to miss this book. You really should pick it up. More video accompaniment to the jazz artists in Geoff Dyer’s “But Beautiful”: http://www.errico.com/tag/but-beautiful/ More So Good:... read more

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