Jazz innovator Miles Davis
birth name: Miles Dewey Davis

Miles Davis

May 26, 1926, Alton, IL ~ September 28, 1991, Santa Monica, CA

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the music during that period, and he often led the way in those changes, both with his own performances and recordings and by choosing sidemen and collaborators who forged new directions. It can even be argued that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn't there to push it forward. ~ Allmusic: Miles Davis ~ retrieved September 23, 2013 © Allmusic

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May 26, 1984 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Cyndi Lauper, Time After Time ~ #2 (1) Lionel Richie, Hello ~ #1 (2) Deniece Williams, Let's Hear It For The Boy


Miles Davis ~ Voted into the 1962 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Readers Poll).

Miles Davis ~ Bitches Brew (1970) ~ Ranked #9 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ After all, combining jazz and rock? Yes, there had been albums before Bitches Brew that did just that, but Miles Davis’ position in the jazz world sanctioned the union between two seemingly opposed bedfellows. With Bitches Brew the jazz-rock message was handed down from the mount on tablets of stone. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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Cannonball Adderley ~ Somethin' Else (1959) ~ Ranked #38 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Miles got the altoist to shine through ballads and burnished blowing throughout, complementing in fine style while the rest of the crew kept a discreet distance. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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