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Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Based on new research, as well as exclusive, first-hand recollections by over 50 musicians, partners, producers and artists, Miles Beyond offers hundreds of never-before-revealed facts, insights and revelations about Miles's remarkable artistic and personal life. Readers will discover a new perspective on Miles's working methods, as well as in in-depth, chronological under...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 11th 2004 by Billboard Books (first published May 2001)
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Nathan Satterlee
When you play music, don't play the idea that's there, play the next idea. Wait. Wait another beat, or maybe two, and maybe you'll have something that's more fresh. Don't just play from the top of your head, but listen and try to play a little deeper.

This is more of an attitude and a way of thinking about music than a style or a genre. It's a challenge to reevaluate one's basic conceptions -- what music is and how it's to be created. The idea is to be so open that the players are required to be...more
Christopher
Paul Tingen's MILES BEYOND: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis 1967-1991 is one of the few explorations exclusively of Miles' electric era. The albums from IN A SILENT WAY until Miles' first retirement in 1975 are my favourite of all his output, so I looked forward to reading Tingen's book. The book is indeed informative, covering all the recording sessions, the ever-changing lineup, and Miles' disputes with the label. Perhaps the most interesting portion was Tingen's distinction between M...more
Jake Cole
As a student journalist, I was overwhelmed at the sheer level of research and access Paul Tingen put into this critical biography of Miles Davis' most overlooked years. His book contains the amount of first-hand accounts and objective analysis normally reserved for a biography of a great world leader, and it is a delight to see such loving attention paid to who I believe was the most important American musician of the 20th century, perhaps in this nation's young history.

By the same token, as a j...more
Gordon
Anyone unfortunate enough to get me onto the subject of music, what I despise about it, and what I like to get my talons into, will no doubt have suffered one of my lengthy polemics about Miles, his electric period, and how only now is his influence on many aspects of contemporary dance music being felt. This is heavy going unless you enjoy music that grips you and becomes a personal adhesive. Like a brazilian waxing, it hurts to pull it off. Miles will remain forever attached to my musical "poo...more
Jamil
Fun Fact!: Thom Yorke on Bitches Brew: "It was at the core of what we were trying to do with OK Computer." I only read the chapters concerned with Bitches Brew & Jack Johnson. Seems like a good book though if you are interested in electric, "fusion" Miles. I'll probably come back to it once I actually listen to more of the music.
Brandon Wu
Tingen gives a great overview of Miles' fusion output during the latter part of his career, going into great detail about each recording while still managing to keep a momentum throughout that keeps the entire book fascinating. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in this phase of Miles' career.
Koven
The best straightforward analysis of Miles' work, and without a doubt the ONLY book that deals with his electric period in a responsible way. Reading this actually changed the way I hear a lot of Miles' electric music, which is hard for me to admit. Wonderful!
Evan Cordes
Great details on both studio and live sessions.

Could do without a bit of the hypothesizing by the author, but it really isn't too bad.

Focuses way more on the 70's music than the 80's. For good reason.

Solid.
Joe
Amazing and reverent look at Miles late electric period. Definitely opens a whole new look at this most understood music.
Rob
Oct 03, 2007 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: miles fanatics
interesting. it's amusing to read between the lines decades later to see who holds a chip on their shoulder and who doesn't.
Michael Castaneda
Nov 13, 2007 Michael Castaneda marked it as to-read
I'm not sure I'm a fan of this period of his music, but we shall see.
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