A book by George Cole
The Last Miles is available in paperback in the USA and the UK!
The Last Miles USA paperback ISBN is 978-0472032600 [Amazon.com]
The Last Miles UK paperback ISBN is 9781845531225 [Amazon.co.uk]
The paperback is essentially the same as the hardback version in terms of content, but in a number of places, I have been able to update or add new information.
If you want to read some of The Last Miles online, you can see excerpts at Google Books
What’s New May 2021
- Shigeru Uchiyama interview
Few photographers got closer to Miles than Shigeru Uchiyama. The Last Miles.com was fortunate to ask Shigeru about his stunning of images of Miles on-stage, backstage and in many informal moments
- Lenny White interview
Lenny White was just nineteen when he got to play on Bitches Brew. In this exclusive interview, Lenny talks about Miles and his incredible career after working on that landmark album
- John Beasley interview
John Beasley played keyboards in Miles’ band from April to May 1989. He talks here about Miles, working with Steely Dan, his love for the music of Thelonious Monk, the great appeal of Indian music, and more
- Miles Memorable Moments: Shinjuku Nishi-Guchi Horoba, Tokyo, 4 October 1981
A review of Miles’s October 1981 Tokyo gig
- Miles Memorable Moments: International DOC Club RAI-TV2 Studio, Rome, 6 April 1989
A review of Miles’s live TV performance in Rome in 1989
- Miles’ Bands: The March 1986 Band
The first in a series looks at Miles’ short-lived band from March 1986
- Book Review: No Picture! by Shigeru Uchiyama
Anthony Reynolds reviews Shigeru Uchiyama book of photographs from Miles Davis’ Japanese tours between 1981 and 1988
- DVD Review: Birth of the Cool
A review of Stanley Nelson’s biographical DVD of Miles
- New CD: Music From and Inspired By Birth of the Cool
A tie-in with the documentary of the same name, this album includes music from Miles’ musical career
- Memorabilia: 1982 concert programme
Photos of the programme for Miles’ 1982 Hammersmith Odeon gig
About The Last Miles
The Last Miles is the first book to focus exclusively on the final decade of Miles’s life and music, a period that has all too often been dismissed by critics and fans of Miles’s earlier musical periods.
My book and website aim to show how even in his final years, Miles was still exploring, still changing and still pushing at the edges of jazz.
TheLastMiles.com has been voted one of the Top 5 Miles Davis websites by The London Times newspaper.
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The Last Miles contains interviews with almost 100 people including, band members, session musicians, producers, engineers, management and road crew. There are also interviews with members from Miles’s earlier bands. Miles’s only daughter Cheryl also talks about her father.
Those interviewed include:
- 1980s band members – 31 out of the 36 band members Miles had in the final decade including Marcus Miller, Darryl Jones, Robben Ford, Bob Berg, Mike Stern, Robert Irving III, Hiram Bullock, John Scofield, Foley, Ricky Wellman, Mino Cinelu, Adam Holzman, Bobby Broom, John Beasley, Vince Wilburn Jr. and Tom Barney. Every bassist, guitarist and keyboard player is interviewed.
- Musical associates such as Palle Mikkelborg, George Duke, Paul Buckmaster, Branford Marsalis, Paolo Rustichelli, Chaka Khan, Steve Porcaro, David Sanborn, Wallace Roney and Easy Mo Bee.
- Session musicians including, Barry Finnerty, Paulinho DaCosta, Jean-Paul Bourelly and Michal Urbaniak.
- Producers including, Teo Macero, Tommy LiPuma, Zane Giles, Randy Hall and George Butler.
- Former band members like Don Alias, Pete Cosey, Dave Holland, Michael Henderson, Dave Liebman and Mike Zwerin.
- Engineers such as Stanley Tonkel, Don Puluse, Reggie Dozier, Jay Messina, Bruce Miller, Steven Strassman and D’Anthony Johnson.
- Road crew and management including Gordon Meltzer, Mark Rothbaum, Ron Lorman and Patrick Murray.
Miles’s music is explored through the albums he made in this period, and a song-by-song analysis provides many new and interesting stories. There is also a massive chapter (almost 40,000 words) on Mile’s live music.
The Last Miles also examines Miles’s other recordings (such as soundtracks like Street Smart and Dingo), guest recordings (with artists such as Chaka Khan, Toto, Cameo, Paolo Rustichelli and Shirley Horn), cover versions, compilations, videos and DVDs, tribute albums and unreleased material from the 1980s, including the story behind the abandoned Warner Bros retrospective, The Last Word.
Other chapters examine Miles the man, and his life and music before 1975. The latter chapter explores controversial areas such as the role Teo Macero played in the making of Bitches Brew, how Miles composed his music and the story behind On The Corner. Another chapter describes what Miles did during his five-year lay-off – and reveals that Miles was more actively involved in music during this period than is often described.
Also included are a discography which includes a look at alternative releases (like SACD, DVD-Audio and Japan Master Sound titles), a list of Miles’ live repertoire, band line-ups throughout the final decade and useful books and websites.
Last but not least, many musicians from Miles’s 1980’s bands and earlier periods deliver their verdict on the music Miles played in his final decade, and show how Miles and his music still sharply divide opinion today.
The Last Miles in Jazzwise: The April 2005 edition of the UK magazine Jazzwise had an extensive and exclusive interview I did with Jo Gelbard, Miles’s partner from 1986 to 1991. Jo talked frankly about Miles’s art, music, personality, their relationship and the last year of Miles’s life. For information about back issues and subscriptions, go to www.jazzwise.com
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