Jazz Appreciation Society
Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe (1989)
Only few jazz biographies have received such varied ratings as this one. Technically not autobiographical, Troupe penned down his account of multiple conversations with the legend trumpeter, the work covers Miles’ life, career, views and perspectives between the 40s and the 80s of the 20th century. MTA certainly proves to be a who’s who of what many have come to accept as the heyday of jazz. What I loved about the work was the fact that it was fairly raw, like the man himself most of the time. Davis was, to put it mildly, not always an easy man to be around, especially not if you were a lady. On the other hand, we’re given a deep insight into the thoughts of one of the biggest jazz icons ever. Definitely worth reading, if you can deal with profanities, the odd misogyny and a fairly tangential writing style.
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