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Geoff Dyer

Michael Berkeley's guest is writer Geoff Dyer. He talks about how his lifelong passion for jazz has taken him on a musical journey, from Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett playing Bach.

Geoff Dyer is a writer who joyously defies categorisation. The winner of many literary prizes, and frequently described as one of the most original writers of his generation, he surprises at every turn with his blending of fiction and non-fiction, and with his subjects, which range through travel, film, sex, photography, war, romance - and music.

The book that cemented his reputation, in 1991, was about jazz - with the memorable title But Beautiful. It's a series of fictional vignettes of musicians from the great age of American jazz, including Bud Powell, Chet Baker and Thelonious Monk.

Geoff talks to Michael Berkeley about how his life-long passion for jazz has taken him on a musical journey from Miles Davis, to Keith Jarrett playing Bach, and Indian classical music - and he explains why Beethoven's Late Quartets appeal so strongly to a lover of jazz.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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32 minutes

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Sun 13 Nov 2016 12:00

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Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C major (Well-tempered Clavier, Bk 1)

    Performer: Keith Jarrett.
  • Miles Davis

    He Loved Him Madly (Panthallasa)

    Performer: Bill Laswell.
  • R. A. Ramamani

    Kartik

    Performer: Charlie Mariano. Ensemble: The Karnataka College of Percussion.
  • Traditional Indian

    Raga kirvani

    Performer: L. Subramaniam.
  • Bob Dylan

    I'm Not There

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op.132 (3rd mvt: Molto Adagio)

    Ensemble: Tak√°cs Quartet.
  • The Necks

    Drive By

    Ensemble: The Necks.

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