Voted one of the top ten music books of 2005 by Record Collector magazine.
Joint winner of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections’ Best Jazz History Book 2006 award.
The most immediate impact that this book had on me was to make me listen again to Miles’ later recordings with a completely regenerated ear and this really is the reason why this book works so well and is an essential read for any true Miles Davis appreciator… you will be hard pressed to find a more inspirational read, written by a man who quite simply loves Miles Davis’ music.
Mike Chadwick, Ejazz.fm
There are large chunks of fresh material here… Fill[s] in quite a few gaps and dismisses blanket condemnations of [Miles’s] pop phase.
Stephen Graham, Jazzwise
Cole does for Miles’ late work what Ian Macdonald’s Revolution In The Head does for The Beatles, examining each album in meticulous detail.
John Lewis, Time Out
Cole’s analysis has a meticulous, forensic character… [and] is able to bring a wealth of new information to light… This book should get people talking. It should be the first rather than the last word on an intriguing chapter of the life an extraordinarily complex artist. And Davis’s vanity would surely have loved that.
Kevin Le Gendre, Independent on Sunday
Cole’s certainly produced a fascinating book.
Chris Ingham, Mojo
As with any good musical biography, Cole had made me think again about those albums such as Siesta, You’re Under Arrest, The Man with the Horn, that are now stashed in my attic.
John Bungey, The Times
The title is likely to send most jazzbos running, with received wisdom having handed down the rule that in the 80’s Miles was only good for playing live; and half of that was just the pleasure of seeing him in person. For a single man to take on the 400-page+ task of changing popular opinion is a very tall order indeed. For him to make you want to actively revisit the decade in question is a near-miracle. Detailing album histories and giving final verdicts, Cole has made every effort to lay the evidence out bare. The analysis could have been a chore were it not for the presence of first-hand interviews with all the major players, making this not just a scholarly study, but a tribute to the man himself. And for a book such as this, you learn more about Davis that could have been expected.
Jason Draper, Record Collector
There simply hasn’t been another book published on Miles Davis, in any period, that has managed to obtain the wealth of interview material and cover his recorded work and various live tours in such a complete and comprehensive fashion… Engagingly written from start to finish, filled with more facts than you’ll be able to remember first time through, The Last Miles is an essential portrait of Miles’ last decade and a strong argument that his music was both valid and perfectly in keeping with a musical philosophy that would ultimately stretch over six decades.
John Kelman, All About Jazz.com
Cole has spoken to practically everyone who worked with Miles in his final decade. He has traced the evolution of each of those final albums, cut by cut, splice by splice… [Miles] comes out of Cole’s account larger, warmer and if anything even more important than ever.
Brian Morton, The Wire
“Through lively analyses of all Miles’ recorded work from this period and much that went unreleased, including the ‘lost’ album Rubberband, [Cole] does enough to send readers back to the original albums.”
Simon Evans, Choice
Cole is a persuasive writer: he prompted me to go and dig out albums that I’d dismissed as inconsequential and listen again with fresh ears… A rewarding read.
Charles Waring, Blues & Soul
Cole takes us on an exhaustive journey deep into the heart of Miles’ late recordings… The Last Miles needs to be covered by working musicians, producers and Miles’ fans alike.
Livingstone Marquis, Straight, No Chaser
George Cole has written a book that should be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in Davis’ life and work irrespective of which period of his music you prefer. It offers a valuable insight into this most complex of personalities, and reveals a side to Miles that many may not have known existed… for this reader it has prompted a re-examination of this decade which has revealed a fascinating area of music that I had previously overlooked.
Nick Lea, Jazzviews.co.uk
In the flurry of books since [Miles Davis’s] death, none has dealt in depth with the music of this period. Music writer George Cole fills this gap… It is so detailed and intimate that the reader feels he is virtually living with Davis as he seeks to reinvent himself… a rich and rewarding read.
Irwin Block, The Montreal Gazette
This is a must for every Miles fan.
Neal Gardner, Blogcritics.org
The fact of having personally interviewed all those characters… without much recall to interviews already noted and the usual anecdotes, renders The Last Miles as excellent… a book that certainly is seen as a work of reference.
Maurizio Comandini, All About Jazz.com Italy
[Cole] has written a comprehensive account of the comeback and the albums it produced… He takes the reader through each of the albums, cut by cut, examining the musical choices, the musicians and their successes… Cole’s book is a valuable resource on the last 11 years of a true music legend’s life.
Chris Smith, Winnipeg Free Press
Cole gives an exhaustive account of every track recorded [and, it seems, every live show] in that decade and of every one of the dozens of musicians who played on them but what’s most interesting is the portrait of Miles Davis that emerges from it all. Sometimes an asshole and a bully, yes, but also a very funny guy who was a good friend to many and a mentor to even more, a man with drug problems who was more often in great pain from other maladies. Through it all, Davis was obsessed with moving his music forward with anyone who could help him do it – from Prince to Public Enemy, from Scritti Politti to a violinist he saw on Johnny Carson and hired on the spot.
Rock & Rap Confidential
George Cole has made a major contribution to jazz scholarship… written over a three-year period, the degree of detail is quite astonishing and the research so extensive that it becomes possible to contradict claims made by Miles himself in his autobiography. Every track on every 1981–1991 album is discussed in length… a very valuable book.
Chris Yates, The Jazz Rag
As the only book-length study devoted entirely to that music, The Last Miles lays a thorough, discography-based foundation for future research in this period and will doubtless be an essential resource for Miles Davis fans and scholars. This book represents a significant step in drawing scholarly attention to a music that has long lacked just that.
Jeremy A. Smith, Notes
This book is a model of how these types of books should be… If late period Miles is in the readers’ interest, the reader should rush out and purchase this volume. It is invaluable.
Robert Iannapollo, ARSC Journal
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