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We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz Hardcover – May 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; 1St Edition edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835287
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"However, the images comprise the main attraction here. Included are nearly every iconic image of the trumpeter—from Don Hunstein’s photos of Miles in the studio recording 'Kind of Blue' to Irving Penn’s stark and dramatic portrait for the Tutu album cover." ~Jazz Times

"Franck Bergamot’s We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz is an incredibly thorough look at the life and work of the 'Picasso of Jazz,' one of America’s most important musicians. It is touted as a photography book, and it does indeed contain an astounding collection of photos, as well as images of his album covers, concert posters, club flyers, and art he inspired, but it also contains a wealth of writing from people who came into contact with him over his long and storied career." ~Typo-Graphical.com

"We Want Miles is much more than a coffee table photobook. It is a complete visual and textual history of every chapter in the iconic horn player’s career and ultimately portrays well both the evolutionary and the revolutionary story of this giant of jazz." ~BlogOnBooks.com

“…this beautifully rendered book is a grand accompaniment to understanding and appreciating a music legend and cultural pioneer whose influence transcends jazz and music in general.” ~fest21.com
 
“The most comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume on the jazz great to date…” ~Luxist.com

About the Author

Vincent Bessières is a member of the French l’Académie du Jazz and an author and editor who writes frequently and with expertise on jazz. Franck Bergerot is editor-in-chief of Jazz Magazine/ Jazzman. He recently organized a complete collection of Miles Davis’s work for the Masters of Jazz label and is the author of several books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on June 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Released in conjunction with an exhibition by the Cite de la Musique (and currently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), `We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz' is a unique and all encompassing look at the more than half-century career of perhaps the biggest name in jazz.

This 223 page compendium features a wide array of photographs and accompanying text covering every stage of Miles career. From the early days as a backline horn player for a host of St. Louis jazz bands, to his relocation and emergence on the lower New York jazz scene, `We Want Miles' details, in rare photographic brilliance, the ascent of one of the most prolific and oft-times controversial superstars of jazz.

Miles transition from support player to band leader and ultimately star - soloist - frontman, is covered throughout every phase. From his first New York forays into `hard-bop' with Jackie McLean, J.J. Johnson and Percy Heath, to his first quartet/quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Jo Jones (and later Cannonball Adderley) to what may be considered his seminal band with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, to his multiple award-winning albums with arranger Gil Evans, all of Miles well defined incarnations are chronicled here.

Supplemented with text from those involved in the recording, tours or those who knew him well, Franck Bergerot's accompanying storyline reveals the circumstances behind the photographs in a way where both facets fully support each other. (Bergerot is the editor-in-chief of Jazz Magazine as well as the author of `Miles Davis: Introduction a L'ecoute du Jazz Moderne' and the writer of all 53 liner notes contained in the box set `Miles Davis - The Complete Columbia Album Collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are plenty of fine biographies of jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis in both books stores and on Amazon. Some hone in on a specific recording such as the landmark album "Kind of Blue". This book is a whole different ball game.

Compiled as a companion (and catalog) for an exhibit in Montreal through August 2010, this 223-page coffee-table-size book is a feast for the eyes. Each page is filled with colorful photos of Davis or his record album covers from his early days in St. Louis in 1926 to his last album. Sure you will see the iconic images that are almost burned into our minds when we hear his name, but there are many that were new to me and will probably be new to you. They were lent to the curators of the exhibit and are now permanently available for all to see and enjoy.

There isn't a lot of text; mostly short essays by those who knew Davis. But this isn't a reference book. Still, from the essays and the images the novice jazz lover can provide a sense of the Davis' personality ("a picture is worth 1,000 words) and then they can dig deeper if they want.

The book is published by Rizzoli, which should tell you right off that it is a high quality art book with sharp and crisp images. Rizzoli is one of the premier art book publishers in the world.

Of course the best way to experience this book is to put on some classic Miles recordings as you leaf through the pages. And next time you play your Miles CDs you can pull this volume out and let the images supplement the music.

Steve Ramm
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on February 8, 2011
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After reading the first few reviews posted and the lavish praise propagated in the product details for this item, lauding it as "the most comprehensive book of its kind", as a fan of the man, music, legend and enduring genius that was / is Miles Davis (he will always be with us), I was excited about adding this book to my collection. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this book, salivating in hopes of seeing the multitude of pictures encased herein that I hadn't seen before. Even more excited in anticipation of seeing never before pics of his incendiary, mercurial quintet from the 60's, featuring what I consider to be the fiercest, most forward-thinking and challenging jazz ensemble that ever existed.

Upon reception, my sweaty little palms removed the shrink wrap and I sat down to be blown away by the contents enclosed, but this simply wasn't the desired outcome. I regret to admit my disappointment in the hype and the pictures inside, as I've already seen most of them elsewhere, and certain other spectacular pics I was expecting to see on a larger scale and in finer detail were totally absent in the altogether. One would think that seeing as the sources came from his family, friends, musicians, and legendary photographers from decades of archives that we'd finally get the photographic Holy Grail of the Dark Prince we aficionados have prayed for for decades. Alas, this is simply not the case.

Please don't misunderstand me: this is a great book of sorts.
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