New Z2 Music GN Honouring The King of Cool In ‘Miles Davis And The Search For The Sound’

by Richard Bruton

Z2 Comics and cartoonist and jazz scholar Dave Chisholm look back on the four glorious decades of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in Miles Davis And The Search For The Sound.

(Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound Cover Art by Dave Chisholm)


Miles Davis’ music stands the test of time, a revolutionary, a visionary, pushing the sound of jazz forward – and now cartoonist (and jazz trumpeter himself) Dave Chisholm and Z2 Comics are celebrating and honouring Davies with a new graphic novel biography Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound. Produced in association with the Davis family, it takes a journey from his Illinois childhood through the white heat years of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s.

The graphic novel chronicles Davis’ journey from his childhood in Illinois to mastering jazz improvisation throughout the ’40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s with Chisholm’s understanding of the medium and the music illustrating Davis’ life and music in a variety of visual styles, perfect for something intending to capture the essence of what made him so revolutionary, so essential.

The Search For The Sound comes out from Z2 Comics in September 2023.

“Dave’s vision of Miles’ journey for his sound is something Miles would’ve loved to see. I know he would’ve been so curious to see his life portrayed through the lens only graphic novels can impart. Dave, being a trumpet player and graphic artist, has a keen take on Miles’ long journey.
Erin Davis, From His Introduction

Davis’ music has truly been a lifelong obsession of mine, inspiring me to pursue jazz trumpet in college and beyond—Sketches of Spain is the first music I ever remember hearing, and I even had the opportunity to perform all of the music he and Gil Evans did together at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. Miles continually inspires me to pursue stylistic change as an artist, both visually and musically. This is the book I’ve always dreamt of creating; it’s the biggest honor of my professional life to be given this opportunity by the Davis family.” – Dave Chisholm

Miles Davis and the Search For Sound comes out on September 26th 2023 in your usual mix of formats – there’s the standard hardcover, deluxe hardcover edition packaged with three art prints illustrated by Chisholm and a limited-edition Miles Davis split 7” of Miles Runs The Voodoo Down and Spanish Key, with new art by Chisholm. The Gold edition comes signed and numbered by Chisholm and come with a set of accordion-style postcards with original paintings from Miles Davis; the split 7”, and an exclusive colorway. And finally, the Platinum edition of only 10 copies comes with a 360° spinning Miles Davis Limited-Edition 3D sculpture, a Miles Davis T-shirt designed by Dave Chisholm and a split 7” of Miles Runs The Voodoo Down and Spanish Key on clear vinyl.

Preorder now at Z2 Comics.

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