Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography by Ian Carr

By Ian Carr

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Publish yr note: First released September 1st 1982

This exhaustively researched, revised version of Ian Carr's vintage biography throws new mild on Davis' existence and profession: from the early days in ny with Charlie Parker; to the delivery of Cool; via his drug dependancy within the early Nineteen Fifties and the years of outstanding achievements (1954-1960), within which he signed with Columbia and collaborated with such unequaled skills as John Coltrane, invoice Evans, Wynton Kelly and Cannonball Adderly. Carr additionally explores Davis' darkish, reclusive interval (1975-1980), delivering firsthand bills of his descent into dependancy, in addition to his dramatic go back to lifestyles and tune.

Carr has talked with the folk who knew Miles and his tune top together with invoice Evans, Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, and Jack DeJohnette, and has carried out interviews with Ron Carter, Max Roach, John Scofield and others.

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Meanwhile, he had been branching out restlessly, playing on his own as a soloist and with other musicians around New York. He worked with saxophonist Sonny Rollins on several occasions, becoming firm friends with him. Miles also gigged with bassist Oscar Pettiford, and may well have played with John Coltrane around this time. But the most important event that year was his renewed association with the composer/arranger Gil Evans. This relationship between the black, academy-trained, improvising musician, and the white, self-taught composer, ripened into a friendship that was to endure for decades and that produced, in the later 1950s, some of the finest orchestral music of the century.

This again harks back to the roots of jazz: the theme is like the 'call' of the preacher or chain-gang leader, and the solos are the 'response' to that call - replies to it and variations on it. It is an extrapolation from non-Western rituals and habits of communal music-making. After the initial theme statement, Parker plays three choruses, creating and releasing tension by the masterful way he varies the attack and the length of his phrases and by his dramatic use of pauses. The whole solo is shot through with blues feeling - all the expressive inflexions, the vocalized tone, the fluid use of grace notes as a prelude to long melodic statements.

His name was Charlie Young. We all used to work together. 23 As Miles's involvement with jazz grew, so the pressures to leave East St Louis became more intense. New York had emerged during the 1930s as the most important music centre in America, and however good a musician might seem in a provincial city, he could never feel that he had explored the ultimate reaches of his ability unless he had gone to New York and 'made the scene' there. Gil Coggins emphasized these different standards: 'Miles was very experienced before he hit New York ...

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