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Miles Davis

Miles Davis (1926 - 1991) is, and was, the greatest innovator in jazz. Before him came Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and a few others of note, but, though they started it, none of them made an impact on jazz such as Miles did.

Beginning under the wing of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Miles felt he needed to branch off on his own and discover his own style, rather than to continue trying to unsuccessfully imitate Dizzy's loud, well, dizzy bebop style. He accomplished this on his first album, "The Birth of the Cool," which had anine-piece ensemble under the co-leadersh ...read more

Miles Davis (1926 - 1991) is, and was, the greatest innovator in jazz. Before him came Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and a few others of note, but, though they started it, none of them made an impact on jazz such as Miles did.

Beginning under the wing of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Miles felt he needed to branch off on his own and discover his own style, rather than to continue trying to unsuccessfully imitate Dizzy's loud, well, dizzy bebop style. He accomplished this on his first album, "The Birth of the Cool," which had anine-piece ensemble under the co-leadership of master jazz orchestrator Gil Evans. This is the album that invented cool jazz, a style which was far more subdued than bebop, yet left lots of room for improvisation.

Miles would continue to find new venues for improvisation throughout his career, particularly in his next noteworthy phase, pioneering the field in modal jazz;which his most famous album, and what is called the most influential jazz album in history by most critics, and by Quincy Jones as, "My breakfast;" je'deat it everyday, first thing. This of course, was "Kind of Blue," which he recorded with his first famous quintet, which included legendary saxophonist John Coltrane.

The same year, he would collaborate with Gil Evans again, releasing "Sketches of Spain," a beautiful piece detailing the feelings and culture of the country in soundscapes and Miles' own lamentful trumpet-voice.

He would continue to helm the entire realm of jazz in the sixties, first with his second great quintet (see "Miles Smiles"), and later - inventing yet another genre of jazz called fusion, in which he blended rock elements into his recordings. Miles felt that jazz was dying, and after seeing acts like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Grateful Dead, and Sly and the Family Stone, decided that this was the way to go, releasing landmark albums like "Bitches Brew," and "In A Silent Way." Various groups such as Weather Report, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, one under the leadership of drummer Tony Williams would emerge from the second quintet and various fusion groups.

Having only one five year hiatus (1975-80) in which he fought a horrendous cocaine addiction, (he'd already kicked heroin in the fifties) he staged his comeback in 1981, and played until his death in 1991.

Jazz took a terrible blow with his death, and has been on the decline ever since, seeming to lack leaders and direction. « hide

Similar Bands: John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter

LPs
Doo Bop
1992

2.8
63 Votes
Dingo
1991

2.3
12 Votes
Aura
1989

2.6
20 Votes
Amandla
1989

1.8
23 Votes
Tutu
1986

3.1
50 Votes
You're Under Arrest
1985

2.1
23 Votes
Decoy
1983

2.8
21 Votes
Star People
1982

3.9
26 Votes
The Man with the Horn
1981

2.4
16 Votes
Pangaea
1976

4
52 Votes
Get Up with It
1974

3.8
54 Votes
Big Fun
1972

3.6
45 Votes
On the Corner
1972

3.9
156 Votes
Jack Johnson
1970

4.3
260 Votes
The Cellar Door Sessions
1970

4.5
16 Votes
Black Beauty
1970

3.8
21 Votes
Bitches Brew
1969

4.4
961 Votes
In a Silent Way
1969

4.4
555 Votes
Filles de Kilimanjaro
1968

3.9
81 Votes
Miles in the Sky
1968

3.6
60 Votes
Nefertiti
1967

3.9
104 Votes
Sorcerer
1967

3.7
50 Votes
Waterbabies
1967

3.4
22 Votes
Miles Smiles
1966

4.2
137 Votes
"Four" & More
1966

3.5
7 Votes
E.S.P
1965

3.8
54 Votes
Seven Steps to Heaven
1963

3.8
35 Votes
Quiet Nights
1963

3.1
22 Votes
Someday My Prince Will Come
1961

3.6
41 Votes
Sketches of Spain
1960

4.1
352 Votes
Kind of Blue
1959

4.6
1,599 Votes
Milestones
1959

4
111 Votes
1958 Miles
1958

3.3
8 Votes
'58 Sessions
1958

3.9
18 Votes
Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants
1958

4.3
9 Votes
Porgy and Bess
1958

3.8
69 Votes
Miles Ahead
1957

3.6
63 Votes
Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud
1957

3.9
37 Votes
Steamin' With the Miles Davis Quintet
1956

3.8
46 Votes
Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet
1956

4
68 Votes
Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet
1956

4
78 Votes
Workin' With Miles Davis and the Quintet
1956

4.1
66 Votes
The Musing of Miles
1955

3.6
17 Votes
'Round About Midnight
1955

4.2
127 Votes
Blue Moods
1955

3.2
15 Votes
Bag's Groove
1954

3.7
25 Votes
Walkin' With Miles
1954

3.7
23 Votes
Blue Haze
1954

3.2
18 Votes
Four
1953

3.1
11 Votes
Miles Davis And Horns
1953

2.7
12 Votes
At Last
1953

2.8
9 Votes
Dr. Jekyll
1952

3.5
12 Votes
Dig
1951

2.9
17 Votes
Blue Period
1951

2.8
7 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2
01/29/2013

3.8
6 Votes
Bitches Brew Live
2011

4.5
8 Votes
In Person Saturday Night At The Blackhawk
2003

4
9 Votes
In Person Friday Night at the Blackhawk
2003

4
10 Votes
Munich Concert
1988

3.7
3 Votes
We Want Miles
1982

3.2
15 Votes
Agharta
1975

4.2
80 Votes
Dark Magus
1974

4.1
49 Votes
Live at Philharmonic Hall
1972

3.7
9 Votes
Live Evil
1970

4.3
56 Votes
Miles in Tokyo
1969

3.5
2 Votes
My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert
1965

4
1 Votes
Live at Newport
1958

3.8
10 Votes
The Complete Amsterdam Concert
1957

Compilations
Blue Flame
2011

The Essential Miles Davis
2001

3.8
11 Votes
The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
2001

4.7
22 Votes
The Miles Davis & John Coltane Box Set
2000

4.8
2 Votes
The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
1998

4.7
22 Votes
Miles Davis' Greatest Hits
1997

4
13 Votes
Autumn Leaves
1997

4
1 Votes
Ballads and Blues
1996

3.2
3 Votes
The Best of Miles Davis
1992

3.8
10 Votes
Collector's Items
1966

3.4
4 Votes
Birth of the Cool
1957

4.1
229 Votes
Conception
1951

3.3
8 Votes

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