Miles Davis

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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.

Bibliography

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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FULL SQUAD: Jackson Darkes-Sutcliffe (Formby), Oliver Green (Fleetwood Hesketh), Patrick Dutton (Southport & Birkdale), Oliver Meadows (Northern), David Jump (Formby), Scott Thomson (Formby), Jamie Siddall (Bootle), Callum Scott (Southport & Birkdale), Harry Whitehurst (Formby), Miles Davies (Formby), Josh Carberry (Formby), Callum Snaylam (Northern), Joe Stuart (Ainsdale), Charlie Allen (Ainsdale), Sam Regan (Southport & Birkdale).
Even the genre's best loved and most well-known component Miles Davies had the ability to clear a room in several seconds flat with some of his more wilfully esoteric work.
Wayne Coyne and the lads' new effort is a loose, ragged-sounding masterpiece that at once references the Krautrock rhythms of Can, the fuzzed-up fusion of Miles Davies circa On The Corner and acid-fried psychedelia.
I admire lots Miles Davies, Chet Baker and I liked this instrument.
It was free to get in but featured a high-class jazz act - Miles Davies style - that you'd have paid muchos euros to have seen.
He signed them to his Sour Mash label and released the superlative The Corner of Miles and Gil, named after the brothers' jazz heroes, Miles Davies and Gil Evans.
On trumpet is Nick Payton, on saxophone is Bob Belden (perhaps best known as the master compiler and general manager of the Miles Davies box sets), on B3 Hammond organ is Sam Yahel, best known for his work with Joshua Redman, on guitar is John Hart and on drums is the great Billy Drummond.
Tracks from Miles Davies, Dizzie Gillespie and Serge Gainsborough pop up on this compilation.
A seminal album by Miles Davies called Bitches Brew, which is one of the most legendary jazz sessions of all time.