Round About Midnight: A Portrait Of Miles Davis

Round About Midnight A Portrait Of Miles Davis From to the jazz giant Miles Davis temporarily retired from music Almost completely reclusive nobody outside of a very close circle knew what was happening to him Only one jazz writer was a

  • Title: Round About Midnight: A Portrait Of Miles Davis
  • Author: Eric Nisenson Don Blauweiss
  • ISBN: 9780306806841
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • From 1975 to 1981 the jazz giant Miles Davis temporarily retired from music Almost completely reclusive, nobody outside of a very close circle knew what was happening to him Only one jazz writer was able to get close to him during this time Eric Nisenson From 1978 to 1981 Nisenson conducted dozens of interviews with Miles Davis and his associates The result was RoundFrom 1975 to 1981 the jazz giant Miles Davis temporarily retired from music Almost completely reclusive, nobody outside of a very close circle knew what was happening to him Only one jazz writer was able to get close to him during this time Eric Nisenson From 1978 to 1981 Nisenson conducted dozens of interviews with Miles Davis and his associates The result was Round About Midnight, an engaging firsthand account of Miles s fascinating and difficult career From his recordings with Charlie Parker and the birth of the cool nonet, through the Coltrane quintet, the Gil Evans arranged masterpieces of the sixties, the landmark Kind of Blue album, the Shorter Hancock Carter Williams group, and the success of Miles s fusion recordings of the seventies, Miles s personality contemplative, abruptly defiant, strong, elegant meshed with his art to form one of the most compelling legends in the history of American music Whole actively disdaining his audience, he sought to broaden it by incorporating elements of other musics classical, flamenco, rock, funk into his uncompromising jazz This contradictory combination of contempt and a desire for recognition fueled controversy in both his public and private lives, and resulted in Miles s lengthy self imposed isolation Nisenson broke through that isolation, and his biographical portrait is vivid and telling This updated edition features a new preface, new material covering Miles in the eighties, and a new recommended listening section.

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    • Andy says:

      Nisenson gives some interesting details of Miles' thoughts and attitudes about his music at various points in his career, but rarely gives the reader much insight into Miles as a person. As Nisenson mentions in the preface to this 1992 Da Capo edition, the book makes little to no mention of some of Miles' less admirable personality traits, most notably his violent nature towards his wives, partners, and other women in his life. Miles was undoubtedly one of the most important composers, musicians [...]

    • Akin says:

      Two and a half, really. There is something of a false pretense about the book; the author did have a connection with Davis during the "lost" years, but doesn't have a lot of new material to show for it. Elsewhere: a solid music-driven bio. Technically sound, places Davis' musical development (and developments) in a sturdy context. A bit star struck, but not hagiographic. (Well, almost not. The author, in this revised edition, apologises for ignoring his principal's more egregious behaviour in th [...]

    • Dave Hofer says:

      This book was a decent overview of Miles' career, but now I'm ready to read more specifically about certain periods.

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