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Miles Davis: London, Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, May 1983

MILES RUNS the voodoo down down down ... and here I am, somewhere way up in the high heights of the Odeon (gee I hate ...


Newport Jazz Festival 1969: New Records & Not All That Jazz

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, July 1969

NEWPORT, R.I. — On paper at least the experiment of adding rock music to the Newport Jazz Festival 1969 came from the purest of motives. ...

Mass Music: The Band, Allman Brothers, Tony Williams and Miles Davis

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, December 1969

EACH OF the record albums discussed here could be termed a masterpiece worthy of a full-length "rave." But the Review format can often be nothing ...

Neil Young, Steve Miller, Miles Davis: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, March 1970

THE INTEREST in Miles Davis' East Village debut lay in the fact that for the past year he has supposedly been moving towards contemporary rock ...

What Made Miles Davis Go Pop?

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

Richard Williams talks to bassist Dave Holland in New York ...

Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (CBS 66236)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

Bitches Brew an aural acid trip from Miles ...

Miles Davis & Louis Armstrong: You Learn How to Defend Your Style

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, July 1970

NEW YORK — There was something sad about it, this party thrown by old men for someone older still, and yet you had to have ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Chris Welch, Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

Miles Davis: Rock Is A White Man's Word, Says Miles

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Melody Maker, October 1970

NEW YORK. — Junior Mance was working the bandstand at New York's Top of the Gate and you had to put your ear to Miles ...

Miles Davis

Profile by Colman Andrews, Creem, November 1972

MILES IS AN absolute mother-fucker of a musician. He's just simply one of the most vitally important makers of music that stalks the earth today, ...

Miles Davis: Big Fun (Columbia)

Review by Vernon Gibbs, Phonograph Record, July 1974

SO MANY expletives have been deleted in praise of this honorable sage, that I feel it necessary to set the record straight. Miles Davis is ...

Miles Davis: Young Man with a Horn

Retrospective by Brian Case, New Musical Express, September 1974

THE EARLY YEARS OF MILES DAVIS: on the bandstand with Bird where changes came fast and tricky... to keep fools away. ...

Miles Davis: Not Waving But Drowning?

Retrospective by Brian Case, New Musical Express, September 1974

Miles Dewey Davis, Part which the temperamental Frank Sinatra of jazz swings a pugnacious blow at the faithful by blowing a little jazz-rock ...

Betty Davis: Aisles of Miles

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1975

The ex-wife or Miles Davis is now making it on her own account. Robin Katz reports ...

Wayne Shorter: From Mr. Weird to the Hollywood Hills

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, December 1975

Here's WAYNE SHORTER taking care of business. TCB. And what business — taking in the days with Maynard, the Messengers, and Miles right through to today's WEATHER ...

Blow for Love and Money: Crossover Jazz in the Seventies

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1977

In the first part of a detailed investigation Davitt Sigerson chronicles how "jazz" found its way back to the commercial big league. ...

Mick and Miles (A Musical in Several Parts)

Essay by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1981

A remarkable personal reminiscence of the night the author took rock star Mick Jagger to meet jazz star Miles Davis turns into rock/jazz history and ...

Miles Davis: Kool Jazz Festival, New York

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, July 1981

Miles behind ...

Miles Davis: You’re Under Arrest (CBS)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1985

THIS YEAR, Miles Davis is 59 years old. However, if it’s round numbers that appeal to you, it’s worth mentioning that 1985 marks the 40th ...

Miles Davis: You're Under Arrest (CBS)

Review by Brian Case, Melody Maker, June 1985

JUDGING BY the cover shots of Miles looking studiedly dangerous with a sub-machinegun, and judging by the music too, the great man is after the ...

Miles Davis: Miles Runs The Voodoo Down

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, July 1985

The man with the horn, MILES DAVIS, whose silvery trumpet lines have embellished jazz for 40 years, is back in action with a new band ...

Still Miles, Time After Time

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, July 1985

Richard Cook takes two Davis records, a quarter-century apart, into custody. ...

Marcus Miller: Bass For All Seasons

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, June 1987

What is it about MARCUS MILLER'S eternal thump that makes him Miles' choice bottom and the Bee Gees' top choice? ...

Miles Davis: Miles, The Autobiography

Book Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, February 1990

THE PERFECT BIOGRAPHY, operating on three levels: an insight into Davis's often abrasive personality; an on-the-spot commentary on the evolution of jazz as a music ...

Miles Dewey Davis III (1926-1991)

Obituary by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, October 1991

"Jazz is ignored because the white man likes to win everything. White people like to see other white people win – and they can't win ...

John McLaughlin: God of Fusion

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, 1996

Author’s note: I reviewed John’s Cork Jazz Festival gig circa January 1996, and then interviewed him in London shortly after that. Features based on the ...

Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1996

THEIR CURIOUS YET inspired partnership resulted in music of rare beauty. Ben Edmonds salutes a landmark box set that fully captures the genius of Miles ...

Alan Douglas: Thee Man Who Sold The Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, The, July 1997

Now into his fifth decade at the doors of perception, label boss ALAN DOUGLAS hasworked with many of the century's underground greats, from Lenny Bruce, ...

The Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, March 1998

"YOU GET THE RIGHT GUYS to play the right things at the right time and you got a motherfucker!" recalled Miles Davis in his inimitable ...

Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68: Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Sony/Columbia)

Review by Chris Ingham, Uncut, July 1998

6 CD set of innovative, hugely influential jazz group covering ESP, Miles Smiles, Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Water Babies, Miles In The Sky and Filles De Kilimanjaro ...

Billie 4 Miles: A Kind Of Blue Love

Essay by James Maycock, Guardian, The, February 1999

MILES DAVIS CONFESSED twice in his candid autobiography he fancied Billie Holiday. "She had such a sensuous mouth," he remarked, "I thought she was not ...

Miles Davis: Complete Columbia Recordings #3, 1955-'60, with John Coltrane

Review by Clinton Walker, HQ, 2000

IN 1955 WHEN John Coltrane replaced Sonny Rollins in the new quintet Miles Davis was getting together, jazz was at a turning point – and ...

Miles Davis: The Hat Makes the Man

Book Excerpt by Nick Tosches, The Nick Tosches Reader, 2000

THE WORD ITSELF is deadening: art, a devalued dollar of a word, no longer backed by meaning, as drained of worth as the politician's viability, ...

Miles Davis and John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

TIME SASHAYS on and Miles Davis, who was still with us only a few blinks of an eye ago is already becoming history. Hence Sony's ...

Miles Davis: Big Fun; Get Up With It; On The Corner

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2001

CONTROVERSIAL FUSION megastructures from the early Seventies. ...

Miles Davis: Live At The Fillmore East (March 7,1970): It's About That Time (Columbia/Legacy)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2001

FIERCE PRE-Bitches Brew live date at a rock venue. ...

Miles Davis: The Complete 'In A Silent Way' Sessions (Columbia/Legacy)****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2001

ANOTHER EPISODE in Columbia's complete reissue programme ...

The Re-Rebirth Of The Cool: Miles Davis at 75

Review by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of Miles Davis' birth, a classic reissue programme has begun in earnest. In the mode: Joel McIver. ...

The Prince of Darkness: So What: The Life Of Miles Davis by John Szwed (Arrow)

Book Review by Andy Gill, Word, The, January 2004

Miles Davis: what demonic spirit possessed him? ...

The Miles Davis Quintet: Live In Europe 1967

Film/DVD/TV Review by Michael Azerrad, Rock's Backpages, October 2009

LIKE ANY credible person, I dig Miles Davis. But I particularly dig his quintet with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and ...

Mapping the Sonic Future: Miles Davis' In a Silent Way

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, December 2009

IN THE MIDST of all this full-blown industry overkill of the 40th anniversary of this or the expanded deluxe edition commemorating 25 years of that, ...

see also Betty Davis

see also Gil Evans

see also Herbie Hancock

see also John Scofield

see also Wayne Shorter

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