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"... the author writes convincingly about the actual music, as well as its surrounding circumstances.... this book should be widely welcomed and especially recommended to readers interested in the nuts and bolts of the music." ―Brian Priestley, Jazzwise, July 2008



"Yudkin does a fantastic job of managing the various elements of music and personality in his work, and in so doing, he evaluates the previous work of Davis and the fusion of his later pieces while focusing on the moments in life that drove Davis into the wide open spaces of creative ingenuity. A thorough analysis of the 1966 classic 'Miles Smiles' is complimented by Yudkin’s ability to use schematics and sheet music snapshots in order to analyze the changes and revelations of the new form versus the earlier roads traveled. With stunning clarity, this work introduces the reader to the intricate details that exist beneath the sound coming from speakers." ―Metro Spirit



"This book combines serious historical research with penetrating analysis of the music and a generous portion of musical examples.... Jeremy Yudkin has made an excellent contribution to jazz literature." ―Larry Dwyer, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Notre Dame



"A thoughtful exploration... Highly recommended." ―Wisconsin Bookwatch



"It will make a fine addition to the still small number of solid musical studies of jazz, as begun by scholars like Gunther Schuller, Mark Tucker, and Lewis Porter." ―John J. Joyce, Associate Professor of Music, Tulane University



"In his thoughtful new book, Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop..., Boston University music professor Jeremy Yudkin reconsiders one of Davis's lesser known albums, [Miles Smiles], and argues that it constitutes a new direction for Davis as well as the mark of Davis' creation of the style of post-bop music." ―ForeWord



"...one of the best Miles Davis books..." ―David Rickert, www.allaboutjazz.com

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"... Yudkin's style of writing will wrap any reader (even a musical novice) up completely in his flow. I assume (though I don't know) that he (Jeremy) wrote this while listening to the albums he wrote about, or that he had listened so extensively that the patterns were sort of "burned" into his brain - for my read, I watched the video of "All Blue" and "Footprints" (one of my favorite all-time tracks) as I read Professor Yudkin's blow-by-blow of each tune he was describing. His overall focus was that "Miles Smiles" was an album often overlooked as "classic Davis" - he succeeded in convincing me! This is an excellent account of the often turbulent life of a player that inhabited those cosmic realms that all jazz musicians aspire to, & I give it our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, particularly for those who want to catch a glimmer of how tunes are structured and (at times) improvised... the musical diagrams that are included really help the reader to understand each track, especially when they are listening to the tune being described." -- Rotcod Zzaj, Issue # 81

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253219523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253219527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written by music professor Jeremy Yudkin, Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop is a thoughtful exploration of jazz sensation Miles Davis' contribution to music of the mid-1960s, with an especial focus upon the evolution of the new style of "post bop". From the story of trumpeter Davis' life and creative works, to his confrontation of both personal and musical problems, to his legacy for future generations, Miles Davis, Miles Smiles and the Invention of Post Bop leaves no stone unturned. Occasional passages of musical notation intersperse this thoughtful commentary, rounded out by extensive notes. Highly recommended especially for American music history and college music studies shelves.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JR Ewing on August 17, 2008
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i have a mixed opinion of this, first of all, over half the book is a rehash of any of the miles biographies. however, the indepth analysis of the album miles smiles, is worth the price of the book. i enjoyed the ins and outs of the making of it, and the thoughts of contemporaries at the time. each track is thoroughly broken down and explained, even though some of the technical musical theory talk is over my head.[i do have a basic understanding] so my only way to really under stand 3/4 time is to compare it to other songs in 3/4. but im willing to learn. 4 stars not five for the biographical rehash, but at the discounted price well worth it.and if you havent read a davis biography , its even better .
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josh Norton on June 28, 2008
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Mr. Yudkin utilizes way too many opinions presented as facts in support of his thesis here. In addition, this book is another unfortunate example of pseudo-scholastic language used in an attempt (however well intentioned) to "legitimize" music that can stand on its own merits without any such assistance.
Instead of buying this book, buy the "Four And More" & "My Funny Valentine" albums by Miles Davis to hear magnificent music that Mr. Yudkin dismisses in an incredibly unknowing and snobbish manner.
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