Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop

Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop

Jeremy Yudkin
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/07/2007
Format: Paperback 2 b&w illus., 23 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21952-7
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Focusing on one of the legendary musicians in jazz, this book examines Miles Davis's often overlooked music of the mid-1960s with a close examination of the evolution of a new style: post bop. Jeremy Yudkin traces Davis's life and work during a period when the trumpeter was struggling with personal and musical challenges only to emerge once again as the artistic leader of his generation.

A major force in post-war American jazz, Miles Davis was a pioneer of cool jazz, hard bop, and modal jazz in a variety of small group formats. The formation in the mid-1960s of the Second Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams was vital to the invention of the new post bop style. Yudkin illustrates and precisely defines this style with an analysis of the 1966 classic Miles Smiles.

Author Bio

Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at the College of Fine Arts and associated faculty of the Department of African American Studies at Boston University and Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University.


“This book combines serious historical research with penetrating analysis of the music and a generous portion of musical examples. . . . Jeremy Yudkin has made an excellent contribution to jazz literature.”
 — Larry Dwyer, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Notre Dame

“It will make a fine addition to the still small number of solid musical studies of jazz, as begun by scholars like Gunther Schuller, Mark Tucker, and Lewis Porter.”
 — John J. Joyce, Associate Professor of Music, Tulane University

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Table of Contents


1. Miles Smiles?
2. Birth
3. Groove
4. Voice
5. Kind of Blue
6. "There Is No Justice"
7. Not Happening
8. The Second Quintet
9. The Album Miles Smiles, Side 1
10. The Album Miles Smiles, Side 2
Conclusion: Miles Does Smile