New York: Beech Tree Books/William Morrow, 1983-85. 1st US Edition. 2 vols., octavo, publisher's gray cloth over cream paper-covered boards, spines stamped in silver, original photo-illustrated dust jackets, original pictorially illustrated paperboard slipcase.
First US edition of this definitive biography of the legendary innovative trumpeter, by jazz critic and scholar Jack Chambers. Chambers provides a comprehensive overview of the life and music of Miles Davis, from his beginnings in Illinois, to his rise to popular acclaim in the jazz world as the leader of his legendary sextet, through his controversies and comebacks. As Davis was famously reclusive and seldom made himself available for interviews, Chambers chiefly employed confirmed factual information along with the 120-odd records Davis had appeared on by the time Chambers began writing. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white; with references, bibliographies, and indexes. Originally published by the University of Toronto Press the same years. Light wear to spine head of unclipped dust jacket and to upper corner of vol; minor shelfwear to original slipcase. Near fine. Item #6914