RARA-AVIS: Miles Davis & Gary Phillips

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 29 Nov 2001

I am way behind on so many worthy writers and Gary Phillips is in that group.
 I definitely need to find a copy of THE JOOK and his more recent novels. Did an impulse purchase of PERDITION U.S.A. when it was first out after reading the great Ray Arcel quote that leads it off. I figured any guy who quotes Arcel knows his way around and won't disappoint. He didn't. Phillips is the real thing.

Regarding the discussion of Miles Davis, I think I can continue it and almost stay on topic. Earlier this year I picked up a Davis CD in Brussels of his soundtrack work for the 1957 movie "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud" or "Lift to the Scaffold." I understand that it was titled "Frantic" for English distribution. Directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeanne Moreau, the plot sounds very James M. Cain like.

Is the video worth seeking out? I love the CD, which includes the soundtrack plus alternate tracks from the recording session.

Richard Moore

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