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  • Jonathan B. Frost wrote on January 15, 2007 report

    DeLuke's interview seemed superior to the book; as a former/retired jazz DJ who knew a few of the players, the first 70 or so pages were okay - - - then it seemed as if the ghost-writer quit and the remainder became an excuse-filled, self-serving piece o' crap, and that's being polite.
    Would love to know what diploma-mill Greg got his "masters" in (my wife earned her Ph.D. and added two Masters degrees from accredited schools, so I have a nodding acquaintance on the subject) -- don't think he's got the brains for even high school...

    Sorry to say, the book degenerated into trash -- I didn't bother finishing it, yet, at least.

    Miles was never among my top-15 horn players -- weak tone (hence the harmon mute?), shitty attitude and accorded all kinds of fame that more properly belonged to arrangers Gil Evans, John Lewis, Gerry, and the producers of "Cool" (among other things, Greg forgot that John Lewis did a chart, but, hell, he didn't know diddley -- Bo either).

    Waste of time -- but I still do thank my son for the present; it was meant to be a positive, for sure...

  • Rocky Gordon wrote on February 06, 2010 report

    The interview was good. Opinions respected, I think Jonathan Frost didn't "get" the Gregory Davis book. The book was a perspective with a lot of recap. Most people I talked to who read it, "got" it. It wasn't supposed to be a Pulitzer Prize book. It was meant to be what it was, a perspective from Mile's eldest son.
    As far as "weak tone"? Dizzy never thought so, and many trumpet players should only get that "deep" of a sound on their trumpet.
    But I guess some people think Maynard, Freddie, and the rest are the only trumpeters to codify the jazz sound. Funny, you can still hear Miles in Wynton's sound to some degree.
    Won't defend Miles' attitude. But that's about all I won't defend.

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