Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History
Voyageur Press; 224 Pages.
Trumpeter Miles Davis, whose long and fruitful career spanned bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion, created Kind of Blue, arguably the most loved jazz recording of all time. In addition to being an innovator, he was a mercurial character whose friends represented a diverse array of celebrities. This tribute to Davis necessarily surveys the history of jazz through his connections giants like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, and Gil Evans. Sonny Rollins, Bill Cosby, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, and others contributed to this volume, which is a brilliant archive of our quintessential American music.