By Bruce Fretts
Updated March 31, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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Miles and Me

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  • Book

”He was one of the kindest people I ever met and one of the most infuriating a–holes, too,” Quincy Troupe writes of mercurial jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, whose 1989 autobiography he coauthored. Using refreshingly unscholarly language (”he was a voodoo-hoodoo-shaman-man”), in Miles and Me, poet and literature professor Troupe paints an aptly minimalist portrait of the artist as a man-child in both his musical curiosity and his irrational tantrums. Although it occasionally slips into solipsism (the writer claims of his earlier work, ”For many, the book instantly became a classic”), Miles and Me is more often witheringly honest and deeply perceptive. A must-read for Davis devotees. A-

Miles and Me

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  • Book
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author
  • Quincy Troupe
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  • University of California Press

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