Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop

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Focusing on one of the legendary musicians in jazz, this book examines Miles Davis's often overlooked music of the mid-1960s with a close examination of the evolution of a new style: post bop. Jeremy Yudkin traces Davis's life and work during a period when the trumpeter was struggling with personal and musical challenges only to emerge once again as the artistic leader of his generation.

A major force in post-war American jazz, Miles Davis was a pioneer of cool jazz, hard bop, ...

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Overview

Focusing on one of the legendary musicians in jazz, this book examines Miles Davis's often overlooked music of the mid-1960s with a close examination of the evolution of a new style: post bop. Jeremy Yudkin traces Davis's life and work during a period when the trumpeter was struggling with personal and musical challenges only to emerge once again as the artistic leader of his generation.

A major force in post-war American jazz, Miles Davis was a pioneer of cool jazz, hard bop, and modal jazz in a variety of small group formats. The formation in the mid-1960s of the Second Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams was vital to the invention of the new post bop style. Yudkin illustrates and precisely defines this style with an analysis of the 1966 classic Miles Smiles.

Indiana University Press

Finalist - ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year 2007: Music Category

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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord

"In his thoughtful new book, Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop..., Boston University music professor Jeremy Yudkin reconsiders one of Davis's lesser known albums, [Miles Smiles], and argues that it constitutes a new direction for Davis as well as the mark of Davis' creation of the style of post-bop music." —ForeWord

Wisconsin Bookwatch

"A thoughtful exploration... Highly recommended." —Wisconsin Bookwatch

Metro Spirit

"Yudkin does a fantastic job of managing the various elements of music and personality in his work, and in so doing, he evaluates the previous work of Davis and the fusion of his later pieces while focusing on the moments in life that drove Davis into the wide open spaces of creative ingenuity. A thorough analysis of the 1966 classic 'Miles Smiles' is complimented by Yudkin’s ability to use schematics and sheet music snapshots in order to analyze the changes and revelations of the new form versus the earlier roads traveled. With stunning clarity, this work introduces the reader to the intricate details that exist beneath the sound coming from speakers." —Metro Spirit

www.allaboutjazz.com
...one of the best Miles Davis books...—David Rickert, www.allaboutjazz.com

— David Rickert

Jazzwise
"... the author writes convincingly about the actual music, as well as its surrounding circumstances.... this book should be widely welcomed and especially recommended to readers interested in the nuts and bolts of the music." —Brian Priestley, Jazzwise, July 2008

— Brian Priestley

Allaboutjazz.com
"...one of the best Miles Davis books..." —David Rickert, allaboutjazz.com

— David Rickert

www.allaboutjazz.com - David Rickert

"...one of the best Miles Davis books..." —David Rickert, www.allaboutjazz.com

Jazzwise - Brian Priestley

"... the author writes convincingly about the actual music, as well as its surrounding circumstances.... this book should be widely welcomed and especially recommended to readers interested in the nuts and bolts of the music." —Brian Priestley, Jazzwise, July 2008

Larry Dwyer

"This book combines serious historical research with penetrating analysis of the music and a generous portion of musical examples.... Jeremy Yudkin has made an excellent contribution to jazz literature." —Larry Dwyer, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Notre Dame

John J. Joyce

"It will make a fine addition to the still small number of solid musical studies of jazz, as begun by scholars like Gunther Schuller, Mark Tucker, and Lewis Porter." —John J. Joyce, Associate Professor of Music, Tulane University

From the Publisher

"It will make a fine addition to the still small number of solid musical studies of jazz, as begun by scholars like Gunther Schuller, Mark Tucker, and Lewis Porter." —John J. Joyce, Associate Professor of Music, Tulane University

"In his thoughtful new book, Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop..., Boston University music professor Jeremy Yudkin reconsiders one of Davis's lesser known albums, [Miles Smiles], and argues that it constitutes a new direction for Davis as well as the mark of Davis' creation of the style of post-bop music." —ForeWord

"...one of the best Miles Davis books..." —David Rickert, www.allaboutjazz.com

IMPROVIJAZZATION Nation
... Yudkin's style of writing will wrap any reader (even a musical novice) up completely in his flow. I assume (though I don't know) that he (Jeremy) wrote this while listening to the albums he wrote about, or that he had listened so extensively that the patterns were sort of "burned" into his brain - for my read, I watched the video of "All Blue" and "Footprints" (one of my favorite all-time tracks) as I read Professor Yudkin's blow-by-blow of each tune he was describing. His overall focus was that "Miles Smiles" was an album often overlooked as "classic Davis" - he succeeded in convincing me! This is an excellent account of the often turbulent life of a player that inhabited those cosmic realms that all jazz musicians aspire to, & I give it our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, particularly for those who want to catch a glimmer of how tunes are structured and (at times) improvised... the musical diagrams that are included really help the reader to understand each track, especially when they are listening to the tune being described.
—Rotcod Zzaj
David Metro Spirit
. . . [A] fantastic job . . . With stunning clarity, this work introduces the reader the intricate details that exist beneath the sound coming from speakers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253219527
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at the College of Fine Arts and associated faculty of the Department of African American Studies at Boston University and Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Miles Smiles?
2. Birth
3. Groove
4. Voice
5. Kind of Blue
6. "There Is No Justice"
7. Not Happening
8. The Second Quintet
9. The Album Miles Smiles, Side 1
10. The Album Miles Smiles, Side 2
Conclusion: Miles Does Smile

Notes
Bibliography
Discography
Index

Indiana University Press

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