- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; First 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: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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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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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. As stated by the two reviewers before me, the text is light and written from a more artistic avenue seeing as it was produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, where it was an installation exhibit that toured around the northern hemisphere to various art galleries and museums, and was noteworthy for taking a musician's life and putting it on both pedestal and display for all. The comparisons between Picasso and Miles and their individualized approach to artistic forms is enjoyable reading you won't get in a Downbeat article for sure. And the abundant wealth of the photos are simply gorgeously reproduced. The book chronicles Miles' life and achievements in a chronicological format thankfully, and most of the included text is well-written and precise. If you don't already own four or five books on Miles and have five or six box sets of Columbia's cd's that were issued within the last fifteen years or so, you need to get a copy of this book. Immediately. For the dissolute collectors like myself, it's still essential, but not nearly as comprehensive as touted. There lies my mild disappointment.
For instance, we rabid collectors of all things Miles don't need to see album covers we already own reproduced, along with a host of very common photos for the tenth time. For every new, exciting photo of Davis we are treated to, there are two more we've already seen elsewhere. I was anticipating seeing some of the photos from the afore-mentioned Columbia box sets (the Complete 60's Quintet recordings, the Plugged Nickel box, Live at the Blackhawk, Complete Seven Steps to Heaven, etc.) included here in larger form, maybe some additional pics that didn't get included, etc., even some from his late 50's work with Coltrane (though we are treated to a few fab pics of Cannonball Adderly and others from that period). Even his most photographed period from the late 60's / early 70's is under-represented.
My apologies to all if I seem hyper-critical here; as I've already stated, this is a great book for most, but for the rabid and militant like me, it was just a bit of a letdown, but that's the inherent problem with things that are over-hyped - they're almost always certain to be a letdown for some. That said, grab this book - We Want Miles!
And we want MORE Miles!
From the design to all the information that comes into, I would say that is one of the best books dedicated to one of the masters of blues: Miles Davis.
If you love this man, or you want to know about his life and career, I recomend to buy it.
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.')
While not as complete as a full text oriented biography, `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.
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