Miles Davis Reader

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Acclaimed as one of the greatest influences on jazz, Miles Davis provided during his 46-year career the impetus for major changes in both the jazz idiom and popular mainstream music. A MILES DAVIS READER focuses on Davis's music but also reveals the opinions and characteristics of a musician who remained a trend-setting "hipster" even as he achieved the status of patriarch. 256 pp.
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Overview

Acclaimed as one of the greatest influences on jazz, Miles Davis provided during his 46-year career the impetus for major changes in both the jazz idiom and popular mainstream music. A MILES DAVIS READER focuses on Davis's music but also reveals the opinions and characteristics of a musician who remained a trend-setting "hipster" even as he achieved the status of patriarch. 256 pp.
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Editorial Reviews

Austin Chronicle Literary Supplement
Nearly two dozen articles, essays, and liner notes by an international array of jazz writers/critics expound upon every essential period of the late trumpeter's career.
Jazz Times
A Miles Davis Reader will appeal both to aficionados of the trumpeter and those seeking an introduction to his musical worlds.
Jazz Times
A Miles Davis Reader will appeal both to aficionados of the trumpeter and those seeking an introduction to his musical worlds. It reveals the foundations of a serious critical tradition for Davis that is still building. — Jazz Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560988021
  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Smithsonian Readers in American Music SE
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Self-Portrait 4
Miles Davis in Retrospect 8
Nothing but Bop? "Stupid," Says Miles 15
Miles Davis and the Cool Tendency 22
Miles Davis and the Birth of the Cool: A Question of Influence 38
Collector's Items 46
They All Juggled Milk Bottles 52
Miles Davis: "One of the Great Mother Fuckers" 63
Sheer Alchemy, for a While: Miles Davis and Gil Evans 74
Miles and Gil: Portrait of a Friendship 104
Miles Davis Times Three: The Evolution of a Jazz Artist 110
The Blindfold Tests 123
Miles Davis and "My Funny Valentine": The Evolution of a Solo 140
Miles Davis: 1964-69 Recordings 164
The Lost Quintet 184
The Unmasking of Miles Davis 190
An Afternoon at Miles's 198
Miles Gloriosus 212
Miles's Wiles 217
Listening to Davis Live in London: The 1980s 224
Miles Davis Biography Fails to Unravel Strands of Art and Image 229
Miles Davis, Musical Dialogician 234
Miles to Go, Promises to Keep 250
Memorial for Miles, and the Friend Who Couldn't Make It 259
Index 264
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