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Davis, Miles,

1926–91, American jazz musician, b. Alton, Ill. Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie ParkerParker, Charlie "Bird"
(Charles Christopher Parker, Jr.), 1920–55, American musician and composer, b. Kansas City, Kans. He began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and, shifting from one band to another, eventually met Dizzy Gillespie in New York City.
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's bop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz in 1949–50, led numerous outstanding small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock musicrock music,
type of music originating in the United States in the mid-1950s and increasingly popular throughout much of the world. Origins of Rock

Essentially hybrid in origin, rock music includes elements of several black and white American music styles: black
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 in the 1970s and 80s. Davis's trumpet and flügelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and were marked by a brilliant use of mutes. He made many recordings, which reflect his stylistic changes; Kind of Blue (1959), a landmark of modal jazz, has been a best-seller since it was issued.


See Miles: The Autobiography (1989, with Q. Troupe); biographies by I. Carr (1982), J. Chambers (2 vol., 1983–85), B. McRae (1988), and J. Szwed (2002); Q. Troupe, Miles and Me (2000).

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A seminal album by Miles Davies called Bitches Brew, which is one of the most legendary jazz sessions of all time.
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Therefore, we have looked to freshen up the squad by bringing in some up-and-coming talent that's come through the Under-l8s and student sides with James Thatcher, Miles Davies and Joey Davies from Cardiff Demons and Craig Fox from Bridgend Blue Bulls all in the squad.
There are works of art by Miles Davies, chairs by Paul Goldman, and textile designs by Raoul Dufy which are estimated at a very reasonable pounds 400-pounds 600.
Stokes clocked a relatively slow time of 1-19-41 which reflected the weather as he led in clubmates Pete Fahy (1-35), Ian Davies (1-44), Stuart Banbrook (1-46), Bryan Pears (1-52) and Miles Davies (2-12).
A special service, led by the Acting Dean of Liverpool, Canon Miles Davies, looked back to the fateful night back in 1912, as well as looking to the future and how the maritime industry has shaped the city.
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