My good friend Chuck Schneider (a wonderful sax and clarinet player) just gave me this wonderful book about one of my favorite jazz groups, the “Second Quintet” of Miles Davis. All of my summer reading plans were immediately pushed back in order to put this scholarly work at the top of the list. Author Keith Waters teaches at CU in Boulder, and we had even performed together with the Creative Music Works Orchestra (including a special concert with Grammy award winner, composer Maria Schneider). I had heard Keith was spending a lot of time transcribing but did not realize that his tedious work was leading to an ambitious project like this. This is recommended reading!
Here are a few of the book’s features:
- First study to consider the Second Quintet studio recordings in their entirety
- Sets the work of the quintet in a broader perspective that addresses the musicians’ earlier experiences, avant garde jazz of the 1960s, and Davis’s eventual turn to jazz-rock fusion
- Transcriptions and commentary offer a remarkably detailed view of compositions, improvisations, and group interaction
- Clarifies and addresses problems, inconsistencies, and inaccuracies of earlier sources, some widely transmitted (such as jazz fake books)
- Available through the Oxford University Press, Amazon and Borders