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Dark Magus: The Jekyll And Hyde Life Of Miles Davis

By Published: January 12, 2007

Gregory Davis' contention that his father disliked things collaborator Quincy Troupe wrote in the autobiography are highly believable. There was evidence of that while Davis was still alive. But one wonders if the trumpeter would scoff similarly at parts of Dark Magus and some of its stories. And didn't Davis himself stretch a point or two in the telling of tales? Those close to him have said that he would bend the truth as it suited him, and play mind games with an interviewer that could really mess him up.

Dark Magus is worth checking out if you can't get enough of Miles Davis, or if you want to peek just a little bit closer inside his life. The book has value, but how much will depend on how familiar you already are with Davis' story.



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