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The Miles Davis Lost Quintet : and other revolutionary ensembles

Author: Bob Gluck
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Miles Davis's Bitches Brew is one of the most iconic albums in American music, the preeminent landmark and fertile seedbed of jazz-fusion. Fans have been fortunate in the past few years to gain access to Davis's live recording from this time, when he was working with an ensemble that has come to be known as the Lost Quintet. In this book, jazz historian and musician Bob Gluck explores the performances of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Gluck
ISBN: 9780226180762 022618076X
OCLC Number: 907196581
Description: xii, 264 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Miles goes electric --
"Bitches brew," in the studio and on the road --
Anthony Braxton : Leroy Jenkins, Musica Elettronica Viva, and the "Peace Church" concert --
Interlude : musical rumblings in Chelsea --
Miles Davis's increasingly electric 1970, and a reflection on his 1971-75 bands --
Circle --
The Revolutionary Ensemble --
Ornette Coleman's children : comparisons and contrasts inside and outside the jazz economy.
Responsibility: Bob Gluck.

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Miles Davis's Bitches Brew is one of the most iconic albums in American music, the preeminent landmark and fertile seedbed of jazz-fusion. Fans have been fortunate in the past few years to gain access to Davis's live recording from this time, when he was working with an ensemble that has come to be known as the Lost Quintet. In this book, jazz historian and musician Bob Gluck explores the performances of this revolutionary group - Davis's first electric band - to illuminate the thinking of one of our rarest geniuses and, by extension, the extraordinary transition in American music that he and his fellow players ushered in. Gluck listens deeply to the uneasy tension between this group's driving rhythmic groove and the sonic and structural openness, surprise, and experimentation they were always pushing toward. There he hears - and outlines - a fascinating web of musical interconnection that brings Davis's emerging funk-inflected sensibilities into conversation with the avant-garde worlds that players like Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane had developed. Going on to analyze the little-known experimental groups Circle and the Revolutionary Ensemble, Gluck traces deep musical resonances despite a commercial gap between the celebrity of Miles Davis and his less famous but profoundly innovative peers. The result is a deeply attuned look at a pivotal moment when once-disparate worlds of American music came together in explosively creative combinations. -- from dust jacket.

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