As a Miles freak, I spent time not only listening to his music, but also reading every book on Miles I could get my hand on. Miles is probably one of the jazz geniuses that got the most ink. So here’s the list that I have read and loved. If you’re into Miles, you might want to check out some of them.
While there are a handful of books on Miles’s life, Szwed’s is one of the most well-researched and thoughtful biography. Highly recommended if you want to read about the trumpeter’s story.
Cook uses Miles’s albums to write about his music and life. It’s a fascinating read.
Miles’s autobiography is simply hilarious. The book is filled profanity and braggadocio.
Cole spent almost 450 pages covering every track from The Man With The Horn all the way up to Doo-Bop. A critical read on Miles’s late records.
Tingen’s insightful read on Miles Davis’s electric journey from 1967-1991.
Freeman’s detailed analysis of the Prince of Darkness’s fusion albums including Bitches Brew, On the Corner and Doo-Bop.
Williams’s close study of Miles Davis’s monumental record and the music that record after.
Griffin and Washington’s draws an enlightening comparison between the musical innovation of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Kahn documented the recording sessions of one of the most influential jazz albums.
This is not a book on Miles, but Tate’s pieces on Electric Miles are must read.