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Miles Davis The Definitive Biography

ISBN-10: 1560259671

ISBN-13: 9781560259671

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ian Carr

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Ian Carr's book is the perfect counterpoint and corrective to Miles Davis's own brilliant but vitriolic autobiography, providing a balanced portrait of one of the undisputed cultural icons of the 20th century. Carr has talked with the people who knew the man and his music best; and for this edition, updated since Davis's death, he has conducted new interviews with a number of jazz greats, including Ron Carter, Max Roach, and John Scofield. From the early New York apprenticeship with Charlie Parker, through Davis's drug addiction of the early 1950s, to the years (1954-1960) during which he signed with Columbia and recorded masterpieces with John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and Cannonball Adderly, Carr sheds new light on Davis's life and career. His reclusive period (1975-1980) is explored with firsthand accounts of his descent back into addiction as is his dramatic return to life and music.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 680
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Ian Carr was born in Dumfries, Scotland on April 21, 1933. He received a degree in English and a teaching certificate from King's College. While there, he began playing the trumpet. After he served in the British Army, he played with numerous jazz groups including the EmCee Five, Rendell/Carr Quintet, and Nucleus. He wrote for several jazz publications, contributed to several jazz reference books and was a consultant for television documentaries about Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett. He also wrote books including Music Outside: Contemporary Jazz in Britain; Miles Davis: A Critical Biography; and Keith Jarrett: The Man and His Music. He died from complications after pneumonia and a series of mini-strokes on February 25, 2009 at the age of 75.