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Miles Davis (1926-1991) was one of the great jazz musicians, bandleaders and composers. His output includes several of the most acclaimed and popular jazz albums, from the relaxed style of Birth of the Cool to the orchestral Sketches of Spain and the iconic Kind of Blue. He collaborated with great composers, arrangers and musicians like Gil Evans, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. He never ceased to innovate. As the 1960s moved into the 1970s, he developed a darker, more complex sound and began increasingly to use electric instruments. The crowning achievement of his experiments, Bitches Brew (1969), became the bestselling jazz album of all time. In this biography, noted jazz critic Brian Morton takes us through the musical history of this remarkable and influential artist and illuminates the personality behind the sound.
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Brian Morton is the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's arts programmes The Usual Suspects and The Brian Morton Show. He has published fiction, music, and literary criticism, was a founding member of the musical ensemble The Golden Horde and has composed jazz and musical theatre pieces. His Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD is the essential reference work on recorded jazz. His survey of defining moments in jazz history is forthcoming from OUP in autumn 2004.Review:
"Impressive and exhaustive" Billboard on Brian Morton's Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD"
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Book Description Haus Pub, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1904341780