The Electric Explorations
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By Paul Tingen

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Published in May 2001, Miles Beyond is the first book that deals in-depth and sympathetically with the Miles Davis's electric period, 1967-1991. Primarily based on new and often exclusive interviews with over 50 musicians, managers, producers, family, and romantic partners, the pioneering book unearths much new information and thousands of never-before-revealed facts, insights, and revelations about Miles, including many new insights into his working methods, artistic development, and his private life, all set in the context of a chronological analysis of the music he produced from 1967 to 1991.

Read this excerpt from the book's Introduction for some of my reasons for writing the book and details of the angle that I took in writing it.

The book's interviewees include: Bob Belden, Bob Berg, Paul Buckmaster, Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler, Mino Cinelu, Chick Corea, Pete Cosey, Erin Davis, Jack and Lydia DeJohnette, George Duke, Marguerite Eskridge, Bill Evans, Robert Fripp, Sonny Fortune, Jo Gelbard, Steve Grossman, Herbie Hancock, Michael Henderson, Dave Holland, Adam Holzman, Karl Hyde, Robert Irving III, Mark Isham, Darryl Jones, Henry Kaiser, Bill Laswell, Dave Liebman, Reggie Lucas, Teo Macero, Marilyn Mazur, Palle Mikkelborg, Jason Miles, Marcus Miller, James Mtume, Bennie Rietveld, Mark Rothbaum, Badal Roy, Wayne Shorter, Jim Rose, John Scofield, Wadada Leo Smith, Mike Stern, Peter Shukat, Ricky Wellman, Lenny White, Vince Wilburn Jr., Mark Wilder, and Jah Wobble.

The 352-page book contains 17 Chapters with 266 densely-written pages of text, Endnotes, a Bibliography, an overview of the personnel of Miles's live bands 1963-1991, and, from Enrico Merlin, a Discography and a 40-page Sessionography, with details of all Miles's electric music that was officially released in 2001.

From Bloomsbury Magazine: "The most important book on Miles Davis ever."

From "Although many books have been written about Miles Davis's far-reaching influence on the jazz world, his electronic experiments from the late 1960s to his death in the early '90s have been less well documented. Dutch music writer Paul Tingen, who first discovered Davis via one of the trumpeter's more rock-oriented albums, redresses this imbalance with his remarkably comprehensive Miles Beyond, an illuminating survey of the great musician's later experimental forays. Tingen analyzes Davis's recording process through revealing interviews with many of his musical colleagues, who recount the seemingly haphazard methods the trumpeter used to draw out the best performances from his musicians. The author also traces the influence of such seminal Davis albums as On The Corner on later generations of hip-hop and dance music artists--for example, Bill Laswell, whose Panthalassa album controversially remixed much of the trumpeter's late-'60s and early-'70s output for 1990s ears. Written with a fan's enthusiasm and a scholar's erudition, Miles Beyond is a refreshing re-examination of the later output of one of the great jazz innovators."

Read on for extensive BOOK EXCERPTS and REACTIONS from readers, critics, and musicians.

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