Miles The Autobiography

Author:

Nataka Books

Title:

Miles The Autobiography

Publisher:

Macmillan

Nataka Books Reviews: 

Miles The Autobiography

His classical music influence can be heard directly from 'Concierto de Aranjuez. but is not limited to that. For a man who changed a musical genre, Jazz, four times, Miles Davis clearly stands out among musicians especially anyone to put a trumpet on their lips. The line can be drawn straight from Bud Bolden to Luis Armstrong to Miles Davis. Development of the music that was called 'Jass' on trumpet runs through this line of innovation, invention and pushing music forward.


--Review by Nataka Books

Nataka Books Full Review: 

Miles The Autobiography

We are selective about autobiographies and Miles does not dissappoint. Granted there will be more to take away from this autobiography for readers who know Miles' music beyond 'A Kind of Blue' and the pieces which topped the charts.


The raspy voice towards the end of his careeer when he spoke, how Miles Davis used to dismiss people and hangers on as if they were dust on his jacket shoulder, and the total dedication to the art which could be misconstrued by 'fans' who never really understood devotion or how most musicians are dedicated to their sound, voice and art. Only.


We loved this autobiography. The book is laid out the old fashioned way, birth, early years when Miles Davis was given piano lessons in a family that played music, and finally leaving for Juliard School of Music in New York. Miles eventually dropped out with music on the bandstand moving faster and being more creative than the rigid school offered. 


Miles would put what he learned from Classical music into his all his music, effectively creating the style Miles Davis is known for. Where other musicians are afraid of space, Miles used it masterfully. He expressed himself more using the gaps, the breaks and the silences which said as much as the notes in between. Miles, according to the man himself and other who know music, was a masterful in using his notes 'sparsely.'


His classical music influence can be heard directly from 'Concierto de Aranjuez. but is not limited to that. For a man who changed a musical genre, Jazz, four times, Miles Davis clearly stands out among musicians especially anyone to put a trumpet on their lips. The line can be drawn straight from Bud Bolden to Luis Armstrong to Miles Davis. Development of the music that was called 'Jass' on trumpet runs through this line of innovation, invention and pushing music forward.


The historical perspecive is fully recorded, the inspiration behind 'A Kind of Blue', the formation of various quartet, quintet or sexteth groups including Jimmy Cobbs, Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, Sonny Rollins who was replaced by John Coltrane, Red Garland, Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter and the latter stages of his career with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.


Every album, the Jazz Festivals, the iconic performance in Paris, Montreal, Japan and Isle of Wight, the breaks from music which almost broke him, American racism, the wives; this autobiography has it all. The language is not sanitised for the reader. We get Miles as Miles saw it !


-- Review by Nataka Books