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Miles Davis

Miles Davis (Trumpet)

Born: 26th May 1926, Alton, Illinois, U.S.

Died: 28th September 1991, Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Nationality: American

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Miles Dewey Davis III was an American 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 a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.

Born in Alton, Illinois, and raised in East St. Louis, Davis left to study at Juilliard in New York City, before dropping out and making 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.

Further Reading: Miles Davis

Classic Recordings, Miles Davis - In a Silent Way

Josh revisits Miles Davis's pivotal recording In a Silent Way, quieter little brother to the following year's Bitches Brew.

Recommended New Release, Miles Davis - The Lost Quintet

A rare recording of the short-lived 1969 Miles Davis Quintet that featured Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland, taking no prisoners on stage in Rotterdam.

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