The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991

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?Cole does for Miles?s late work what Ian MacDonald?s Revolution in the Head does for the Beatles, examining each album in meticulous detail.? 
?Time Out

?As with any good musical biography, Cole . . . made me think again about those albums such as Siesta, You?re Under Arrest, and The Man with the Horn that are now stashed in my attic.?
?London Times

?In the flurry of ...

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Overview

“Cole does for Miles’s late work what Ian MacDonald’s Revolution in the Head does for the Beatles, examining each album in meticulous detail.” 
Time Out

“As with any good musical biography, Cole . . . made me think again about those albums such as Siesta, You’re Under Arrest, and The Man with the Horn that are now stashed in my attic.”
London Times

“In the flurry of books since [Miles Davis’s] death, none has dealt in depth with the music of this period. Music writer George Cole fills this gap. . . . a rich and rewarding read.”
—Gazette (Montreal)

“A fascinating book.”
Mojo

“A singular look into the last stage of Davis’s long, somewhat checkered career gained from various sources, which at the same time gives a picture of the modern music business.”
Midwest Book Review

“There are large chunks of fresh material here. . . . Fill[s] in quite a few gaps and dismisses blanket condemnations of [Miles’s] pop phase.”
Jazzwise

“Thank you for telling it like it was!”
—Randy Hall, singer and guitarist

“Very moving, emotional material.”
—Gordon Meltzer, Miles’s last road manager and executive producer of Doo-Bop

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472032600
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2007
  • Series: Jazz Perspectives Series
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 989,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Miles Davis's music in the last phase of his influnetial career

    Not a biography, 'The Last Miles' rather concentrates on the music Miles Davis created and recorded in the last decade of his career as one of America's leading jazz musicians. Cole is interested especially in the sources of the music Davis produced in this last period of his prolific and influential career and how each piece was recorded. Such interests are related to Cole's writings as a journalist in the fields of music and technology. The author's keen interest in Davis's place in these fields extends to answering how Davis came up with the titles for each of his recordings. To answer this and other questions, Cole went to musicians who worked with Miles Davis and also the technicians who recorded his pieces. The business of promoting Davis's albums by Columbia and Warner is also covered. A singular look into the last stage of Davis's long, somewhat checkered career gained from varied sources; which at the same time gives a picture of the modern music business.

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