Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound

By BERMAN, Kathleen Cornell

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9781624146909
Publisher
Page Street


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2019  |  Elementary

Gr 3–7—From a very early age, Davis was captivated by the music and rhythmic sounds around him. Nestled up to the radio to hear jazz legends like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, Davis longed to make his own kind of music. For his 13th birthday, he received a trumpet and never looked back, though his rise to fame was not easy. He faced discouragement in his ability to make the trumpet produce the particular sounds he wanted and exhaustion from attending Julliard while also playing in night clubs in order to learn from other...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2019

In this picture-book biography, Berman's free verse picks up on the sounds of Miles Davis's (1926-1991) childhood: big band music floating down the Mississippi River. Horses' hooves pounding on dirt roads during Arkansas summers. The cacophony of a school band where prizes are awarded to the white kids instead of to young Miles, who is honing the trumpet style that will later make him a jazz great. Text and illustration alike have an appropriately improvisational feel. Berman's ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2019

In this picture-book biography, Berman's free verse picks up on the sounds of Miles Davis's (1926-1991) childhood: big band music floating down the Mississippi River. Horses' hooves pounding on dirt roads during Arkansas summers. The cacophony of a school band where prizes are awarded to the white kids instead of to young Miles, who is honing the trumpet style that will later make him a jazz great. Text and illustration alike have an appropriately improvisational feel. Berman's ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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