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A Miles Davis reader

Author: Bill Kirchner
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Miles Davis--in the company of Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane--is one of a handful of instrumental jazz innovators. Born in 1926 in Alton, Illinois, Davis learned to play trumpet in grade school. By the time he was a teenager, he was accomplished enough to sit in with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie when they came to St. Louis in the 1940s. As this anthology of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Miles Davis reader.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)639421559
Named Person: Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Kirchner
ISBN: 156098774X 9781560987741 1560988029 9781560988021 1561560988029
OCLC Number: 36590139
Description: ix, 272 pages : music ; 24 cm
Contents: Self-portrait / Miles Davis --
Miles Davis in retrospect / Michael Ullman --
Nothing but bop? "Stupid," says Miles / Pat Harris --
Miles Davis and the cool tendency / André Hodeir --
Miles Davis and the birth of the cool: a question of influence / Bill Kirchner --
Collector's items / Max Harrison --
They all juggled milk bottles / W.T. Lhamon --
Miles Davis: "One of the great mother fuckers" / Amiri Baraka --
Sheer alchemy, for a while: Miles Davis and Gil Evans / Max Harrison --
Miles and Gil: portrait of a friendship / Marc Crawford. Miles Davis times three: the evolution of a jazz artist / Don Heckman --
Blindfold tests / Leonard Feather --
Miles Davis and "My Funny Valentine": the evolution of a solo / Howard Brofsky --
Miles Davis: 1964-69 recordings / Harvey Pekar --
Lost quintet / Peter Keepnews --
Unmasking of Miles Davis / Chris Albertson --
Afternoon at Miles's / Sy Johnson --
Miles Gloriosus / Bob Blumenthal --
Miles's wiles / Gary Giddins --
Listening to Davis live in London: the 1980s / Max Harrison --
Miles Davis biography fails to unravel strands of art and image / Larry Kart --
Miles Davis, musical dialogician / Gary Tomlinson. Miles to go, promises to keep / Gary Giddins --
Memorial for Miles, and the friend who couldn't make it / Marc Crawford.
Responsibility: edited by Bill Kirchner.

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Miles Davis--in the company of Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane--is one of a handful of instrumental jazz innovators. Born in 1926 in Alton, Illinois, Davis learned to play trumpet in grade school. By the time he was a teenager, he was accomplished enough to sit in with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie when they came to St. Louis in the 1940s. As this anthology of 24 interviews, essays, and reviews shows, Davis first achieved fame as part of the generation that reenergized jazz by creating be-bop. What is also clear is that, unlike many of his contemporaries, Davis never stood still: he invented and reinvented himself a half-dozen or more times. Davis created a form called "cool jazz"; formed bands with stalwarts such as Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Cannonball Adderly; and in the 1970s confounded all expectations with a series of jazz-rock ensembles. This impressive collection is complete with a number of transcriptions and musical examples.

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