- 354 Pages
- Released: November 20, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Publisher: Hal Leonard
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Miles Davis Reader
is proof that a magazine can have a love affair with a musician.
Miles Dewey Davis was one of the magazine's most cherished subjects. DownBeat has covered the jazz scene for more than 70 years, and no other artist has been more diligently chronicled in the magazine's pages than Davis. That coverage starts with reviews of him as a sideman with Charlie Parker in 1946. It includes his last, heroic concert, where he revisited the music of Gil Evans at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991. And it continues today, more than 15 years after his death.
This DownBeat reader lovingly compiles, for the first time, the magazine's exhaustive Miles editorial files. It contains more than 200 news stories, feature articles and concert and album reviews by some of the most legendary names in jazz journalism.
The final product can best be described as a series of snapshots of an artist at work. While there are many biographies that attempt to put the life, times and art of Davis into a greater context, The Miles Davis Reader delivers a linear patchwork of his words and music--as they happened.
In other words, don't expect the great trumpeter's life to be tied up with a neat little bow. Instead, enjoy a year-by-year ride through the many phases of Miles Davis as he develops from a confident young trumpet player out of East St. Louis into a larger-than-life jazz icon.
(Book). DownBeat magazine (est. 1939), the bible of "jazz, blues, and beyond," proudly launches the first book in its DownBeat Hall of Fame Series. DownBeat has documented Miles Davis's career like no other journal in the world. From Davis's first DownBeat interview in 1950 to his death in 1991, the magazine captured each nuance and phase of his career through cover stories, features, news items, and reviews. This book is a long-overdue compilation of everything DownBeat magazine has written about Miles Davis, a book packed with glimpses into the artist's career as it happened from the polite young trumpeter making a name for himself, to the bombastic innovator, to the near mythic legend. It's a must-read for anyone interested in perhaps the most enigmatic and enduring star in jazz history.