I just received my copy a few days ago, and I was impressed after listening to all of the recordings first on the accompanying CD. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
"On earlier projects, I would write out the entire set of arrangements and then find myself needing to rewrite a lot of the music because I couldn't keep from veering off the roadmap into improvisation-land. So with this project, I just wrote little notes to myself on a lead sheet, did some reharmonization, and tried to improvise as much as possible on the whole thing. Then I went back and transcribed the rest of it. It was a bit grueling and a lot more work, but I've never felt more satisfied with a book project, and I truly feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share it."
Even the author said it was a grueling process, and his efforts do show themselves in this body of work. The arrangements do have the improvised feel to them, but there is cohesion between the chord melody work and single line runs. The pieces can get spatial, with a lot of single-line breaks. That might not be what some fingerstyle players want, who are partial to playing consistent syncopation. This is a book of chord-melody arrangments, not Travis-style fingerpicking tunes. For the experienced jazzer, these tunes should be a fun undertaking to learn, with elements you will likely use in your own material.
These pieces are for advanced level guitarists. For the newbie to solo jazz guitar arrangements, this will be more challenging without strong technique and feel, and sight-reading skills. There is TAB under the notation, but that only shows you where the fingers go. Of course, the CD can help you a lot with learning how to execute the tunes. Like many jazz arrangements, you don't have to play it exactly how it's written. That all depends on your experience and jazz theory knowledge. The book contains arrangments of tunes that Miles made famous, not just his compositions.
All of You
Blue in Green
Bye Bye Blackbird
I Could Write a Book
Seven Steps to Heaven
There is No Greater Love
When I Fall in Love
Just listen to the CD alone and you will want to make this an addition to your set. He mostly plays a nylon string guitar and regular acoustic guitar on most of the tracks, along with an older-sounding archtop on at least one tune. The sound quality coming from his nylon and acoustic guitars is great.
If you want challenging, modern chord-melody arrangements of tunes that Miles made popular, get this book. If you want more of a comprehensive chord-melody book with tunes and theory material, check out Howard Morgen: Through Chord Melody and Beyond - Guitar - Bk+CD