Miles Davis

Miles Davis



Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in his five-decade career which kept him at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz.[1]

Born and raised in Illinois, Davis left his studies at The Juilliard School in New York City and made his professional debut as a member of saxophonist Charlie Parker's bebop quintet from 1944 to 1948. Shortly after, he recorded the Birth of the Cool sessions for Capitol Records, which were instrumental to the development of cool jazz. In the early 1950s, Davis recorded some of the earliest hard bop music while on Prestige Records but did so haphazardly due to a heroin addiction. After a widely acclaimed comeback performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, he signed a long-term contract with Columbia Records and recorded the 1957 album 'Round About Midnight.[2] It was his first work with saxophonist John Coltrane and bassist Paul Chambers, key members of the sextet he led into the early 1960s. During this period, he alternated between orchestral jazz collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, such as the Spanish music-influenced Sketches of Spain (1960), and band recordings, such as Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959).[3] The latter recording remains one of the most popular jazz albums of all time,[4] having sold over four million copies in the U.S.

Davis made several line-up changes while recording Someday My Prince Will Come (1961), his 1961 Blackhawk concerts, and Seven Steps to Heaven (1963), another mainstream success that introduced bassist Ron Carter, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Tony Williams.[3] After adding saxophonist Wayne Shorter to his new quintet in 1964,[3] Davis led them on a series of more abstract recordings often composed by the band members, helping pioneer the post-bop genre with albums such as E.S.P (1965) and Miles Smiles (1967),[5] before transitioning into his electric period. During the 1970s, he radically experimented with rock, funk, African rhythms, emerging electronic music technology, and an ever-changing line-up of musicians, including keyboardist Joe Zawinul, drummer Al Foster, and guitarist John McLaughlin.[6] This period, beginning with Davis' 1969 studio album In a Silent Way and concluding with the 1975 concert recording Agharta, was the most controversial in his career, alienating and challenging many in jazz.[7] His million-selling 1970 record Bitches Brew helped spark a resurgence in the genre's commercial popularity with jazz fusion as the decade progressed.[8]

After a five-year retirement due to poor health, Davis resumed his career in the 1980s, employing younger musicians and pop music sounds on albums such as The Man with the Horn (1981) and Tutu (1986). Critics were generally unreceptive but the decade garnered the trumpeter his highest level of commercial recognition. He performed sold-out concerts worldwide while branching out into visual arts, film, and television work, before his death in 1991 from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure.[9] In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,[10] which recognized him as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz".[10] Rolling Stone described him as "the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, not to mention one of the most important musicians of the 20th century,"[9] while Gerald Early called him inarguably one of the most influential and innovative musicians of that period.[11]



Fran Dance
Fran Dance is a song by musical artist Miles Davis, released on December 13, 2017.
Agharta is a 1975 live double album by American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis.
Kind of Blue
Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.
Birth of the Cool
Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1957 on Capitol Records.

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He's A 'Jazz Artist Reincarnated': Pharrell Compares Kendrick Lamar To Miles Davis And John Coltrane
  –  December 26, 2017
“The way that he handles the pen is kind of how Miles Davis handled the trumpet ... “That is what a jazz musician is always able to do, a really good one.” In a recent interview with The Guardian, Pharrell spoke on “Don’t Don’t Do It ...
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
  –  December 22, 2017
but for anyone looking to really understand the complicated artistic motivations of Miles Davis, there may be no better example of the man’s abilities as a player, composer, bandleader and most importantly, an innovator, than that of Bitches Brew.
He's A 'Jazz Artist Reincarnated': Pharrell Compares Kendrick Lamar To Miles Davis And John Coltrane
  –  December 26, 2017
“The way that he handles the pen is kind of how Miles Davis handled the trumpet. Or how Coltrane fingers just shifted and sifted through his saxophone keys. It’s like his melodies are as prolific and what he has to say has so much harmony and so much ...
International Jazz Festival 2017: British trumpeter Kevin Davy on what made Miles Davis so special
  –  November 24, 2017
After moving to New York in 1944 to study music at the Juilliard School and dropping out within three semesters, 18-year-old Miles Davis — beguiled by the bebop revolution — tracked down one of the biggest jazz stars at the time, Charlie "Bird" Parker.
International Jazz Festival 2017: British trumpeter Kevin Davy on what made Miles Davis so special
  –  November 24, 2017
Soon, with lessons imbibed and newfound insight, Davis began to establish himself in Manchester’s music scene effervescing with the spontaneity and ferocious improvisation of his more celebrated musical influence, Miles Davis. He became a regular fixture ...
Marshawn Lynch perfects a post-hyphy Miles Davis in Oakland
  –  December 27, 2017
Nevertheless, Lynch is doing his best as a soloist – a post-hyphy Miles Davis whose sheet music can’t be read by most musicians. And unlike the largest fines, which are either drug- or on-field-conduct-related, his are just for smarting off to ...
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
  –  December 22, 2017
his music has more than endured the test of time (there are not many other artists with sixty and seventy year old releases still topping the Amazon vinyl charts). But while the list of superlatives and adjectives could go on forever, Miles Davis is ...
Miles Davis, John Coltrane's 'Final Tour' Focus of Bootleg Series Release
  –  December 11, 2017
John Coltrane's "final tour" as Miles Davis' sideman will be the focus of the upcoming sixth ... also features in-depth liner notes courtesy of Grammy-winning music historian Ashley Kahn. The sixth volume in the Bootleg Series is available to pre-order ...


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