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A Miles Davis Reader
open our order pageBill Kirchner (ed)
Smithsonian Institute Press, 1997
Paperback. 283pp. musical illustrations

A Miles Davis ReaderAcclaimed as one of the greatest influences on the history of jazz, Miles Davis provided during his 46-year career the impetus for major changes in both the jazz idiom and popular mainstream music. This anthology of twenty-four interviews, reviews, record liner notes, and critical essays by some of the century's foremost jazz critics traces the evolution of Davis's music from his early years as a trumpeter with Charlie Parker's quintet; through the pathbreaking 1949-50 Birth of the Cool recordings; the stellar groups of the 1950s and 1960s; the 'electric' 1969 Bitches Brew album; to his reemergence in 1981 after a six-year hiatus. A Miles Davis Reader focuses on Davis's music but also reveals the opinions and characteristics of a musician who was an American original.

BILL KIRCHNER is a composer, arranger, saxophonist, record producer, educator, and leader of the Bill Kirchner Nonet. His work on the six-CD Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings won him a Grammy award in 1997 for Best Album Notes. He teaches jazz composition and jazz history at the New School in New York City.

Preface; Introduction
Self-Portrait (for Columbia Records Bibliographic Service, 1957) - 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
The Blindfold Tests - Leonard Feather
Miles Davis and "My Funny Valentine": The Evolution of a Solo - Howard Brofsky
Miles Davis 1964-69 Recordings - Harvey Pekar
The Lost Quintet - Peter Keepnews
The Unmasking of Miles Davis - Chris Albertson
An 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

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