Bob Gluck Book Talk Schedule For “The Miles Davis ‘Lost’ Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles”

Miles Davis's Bitches Brew is one of the most iconic albums in American music, the preeminent landmark and fertile seedbed of jazz-fusion. Fans have been fortunate in the past few years to gain access to Davis's live recordings from this time, when he was working with an ensemble that has come to be known as the Lost Quintet. In this book, jazz historian and musician Bob Gluck explores the performances of this revolutionary group—Davis's first electric band—to illuminate the thinking of one of our rarest geniuses and, by extension, the extraordinary transition in American music that he and his fellow players ushered in.

Gluck listens deeply to the uneasy tension between this group's driving rhythmic groove and the sonic and structural openness, surprise, and experimentation they were always pushing toward. There he hears—and outlines—a fascinating web of musical interconnection that brings Davis's funk-inflected sensibilities into conversation with the avant-garde worlds that players like Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane were developing. Going on to analyze the little-known experimental groups Circle and the Revolutionary Ensemble, Gluck traces deep resonances across a commercial gap between the celebrity Miles Davis and his less famous but profoundly innovative peers. The result is a deeply attuned look at a pivotal moment when once-disparate worlds of American music came together in explosively creative combinations.

Bob Gluck
Book Talk Schedule For
"The Miles Davis 'Lost' Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles"

Phoenix, Arizona: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7pm. Talk with musical examples played at the piano. At Changing Hands. 300 W Camelback Road, Phoenix Arizona 85013. Info: (602) 274-0067 and web:

Live radio interview with Joe Donahue: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 11:10am. Northeast Public Radio, WAMC "Writer's Almanac" during The Roundtable. Albany, NY: 90.3 FM, 1400 AM and other stations along the Hudson Valley and Western Massachusetts. Info & web stream:

Saratoga Springs, New York: Sunday, April 3, 2016, 4pm. Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Info: (518) 682-4200 and web:

Live radio interview with Lofton A Emenari III: Tuesday, April 12 2016, 8pm Central. WHPK-FM Chicago 88.5, University of Chicago. About the book and new CD, "Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band" (FMR Records). Live audio stream:

Chicago: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 3pm. Book talk: "The Miles Davis 'Lost' Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles" (University of Chicago Press). At Corbett vs. Dempsey (John Corbett's Gallery). 1120 N. Ashland Avenue, 3rd Fl, Chicago, Ilinois 60622 (in the Dusty Groove building in West Town, Ukrainian Village, between Thomas Street & Haddon Ave). Info: (773) 278-1664 and web:

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