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Here is the illustrated history of Miles Davis, the world’s most popular jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and musical visionary. Davis is one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music. He’s been at the forefront of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion, and remains the favorite and best-selling jazz artist ever, beloved worldwide.
He’s also a fascinating character—moody, dangerous, brilliant. His story is phenomenal, including tempestous relationships with movie stars, heroin addictions, police busts, and more; connections with other jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Gil Evans, John McLaughlin, and many others; and later fusion ventures that outraged the worlds of jazz and rock.
Written by an all-star team, including Sonny Rollins, Bill Cosby, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Lenny White, Greg Tate, Ashley Kahn, Robin D. G. Kelley, Francis Davis, George Wein, Vincent Bessières, Gerald Early, Nate Chinen, Nalini Jones, Dave Liebman, Garth Cartwright, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760342626
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 11/19/2012
Edition description: First
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.54(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Sonny Rollins is one of the greatest living saxophonists, famous for honing his chops practicing on the Brooklyn Bridge. He first recorded with Miles Davis in 1951.

Francis Davis is the jazz critic for The Village Voice, a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly, and author of numerous books on jazz and the blues.

Jazz promoter and producer George Wein is one of the world's most famous jazz impresarios and the most important non-player in jazz history. He is the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival.

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. 

Gerald Early is Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, Director of the Center for Humanities, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Comedian Bill Cosby has been a jazz fan since way back when.

Keyboardist Herbie Hancock joined Miles Davis's second great quintet in 1963 and played a starring role in redefining the jazz rhythm section and launching the post-bop sound.

Ashley Kahn has written books on the making of two major jazz albums, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, as well as a history of Impulse Records.

Robin D. G. Kelley is the author of the landmark biography Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Running the Voodoo Down

Chapter 1 The Young Artist 1926–1948
Beginnings by Ashley Kahn
There Was a Time . . . by Clark Terry

Chapter 2 Birth of the Cool 1949–1953
Miles in the 1940s and Early 1950s by Sonny Rollins
Miles and Style by Bill Cosby

Chapter 3 Hard Bop 1954–1958
Miles in France by Vincent Bessières
Love for Sale by Robin D. G. Kelley

Chapter 4 Kind of Blue 1958–1963
Miles, Newport, and the Business of Jazz by George Wein

Chapter 5 A New Energy 1964–1968
Miles and the 1960s Quintet by Ron Carter and Herbie Hancock
Miles and the Ballads by Francis Davis

Chapter 6 Bitches Brew and Beyond 1969–1974
Miles, Tony Williams, and the Road to Bitches Brew by Lenny White
Miles Goes Acoustic by Karl Hagstrom Miller

Chapter 7 Hiatus and Recovery 1975–1985
Miles and Women by Nalini Jones
Miles Davis in the Ring by Gerald Early

Chapter 8 Tutu and Farewell 1986–1991
Miles in the 1980s by Greg Tate
Timing by Dave Liebman

Afterword: Miles in the Afterlife by Nate Chinen

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Another book on Miles Davis?  The folks behind Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History (Voyageur Press) have come up with two distinct angles: First, of course, there are the photographs.  Also included are some big (and not so big) names to accompany different sections of the book.  Among the scribes: Sonny Rollins, Bill Cosby, and Herbie Hancock.  The names of writer Francis Davis and Davis biographer Ashley Kahn also grace the cover. “A smattering of rare images of the always stylish Davis from his last stretch during the 1980’s and early 90’s closes out what is clearly the flashiest chronicle (thus far) of the Prince of Darkness.” - Downbeat

“This book has it all, from the way Miles Davis changed the face of Jazz, to his dark side of drug abuse, to creating an album that will stand the test of time. The book has become the new "go to" place to find out about all things Miles Davis.” - Record-Journal

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