We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz

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The most comprehensive book on the artist to date, offering an insightful look into the legendary musician and his enormous impact on the development of jazz. Miles Davis explores the life and art of one of the greatest visionaries in jazz history—through photographs, handwritten musical scores, album covers, posters, and more—cementing his reputation as the embodiment of cool, both on- and offstage. To examine his extraordinary career is also to examine the history of jazz from the mid-1940s through the early ...
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The most comprehensive book on the artist to date, offering an insightful look into the legendary musician and his enormous impact on the development of jazz. Miles Davis explores the life and art of one of the greatest visionaries in jazz history—through photographs, handwritten musical scores, album covers, posters, and more—cementing his reputation as the embodiment of cool, both on- and offstage. To examine his extraordinary career is also to examine the history of jazz from the mid-1940s through the early 1990s, as Davis was crucial in almost every important innovation and stylistic development during that time. His genius paved the way for these changes, both with his own performances and recordings, and by choosing collaborators with whom he forged new directions. Miles Davis—trumpeter, bandleader, and composer—was one of the most important figures in jazz history. He was born in a well-to-do family in St. Louis in 1926 and died in a Los Angeles hospital in 1991. He was at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including cool jazz, hard bop, free jazz, and fusion. Davis worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, including Ron Carter, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Charlie Parker, and Max Roach, among numerous others.
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In this generously illustrated biography, which accompanies a multimedia exhibition at Musée de la Musique (Paris) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Bessières, chief curator of the exhibition, and Bergerot (editor in chief, Jazz Magazine) pay tribute to the life and career of the jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis III (1926–91). Including photographs, reproductions of album covers, concert posters, original scores, Davis's own paintings, and other ephemera, this collection primarily consists of Bergerot's chronological essay on Davis's life and career, emphasizing the latter. Reflections by individuals who collaborated with Davis are interspersed with other textual contributions. Additional features include a list of illustrations and works in the exhibition. Purporting to be the most comprehensive biography on Davis, this publication lacks footnotes, endnotes, a chronology, a discography, and an index, all of which would have been useful. VERDICT This readable examination of the life and career of a legendary musician is recommended for interested readers with basic to intermediate knowledge about music and jazz.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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  • ISBN-13: 9780847835287
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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Vincent Bessières is a member of the French l’Académie du Jazz and an author and editor who writes frequently and with expertise on jazz. Franck Bergerot is editor-in-chief of Jazz Magazine/ Jazzman. He recently organized a complete collection of Miles Davis’s work for the Masters of Jazz label and is the author of several books.
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