“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
"One could spend hours with this coffee table book and never get bored." - L.A. Jazz Scene
“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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Among the contributors:
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.
Comedian Bill Cosby has been a jazz fan since way back when.
Keyboardist Herbie Hancock joined Miles Davis' second great quintet in 1963 and played a starring role in redefining the jazz rhythm section and launching the post-bop sound.
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.
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.
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.
Garth Cartwright is a regular writer for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and the BBC. He is the author of Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians and More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music.
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