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Davis, Miles

Biography

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. On October 7, 2008, his 1959 album Kind of Blue received its fourth platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of at least four million copies in the United States. Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Davis was noted as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz". On December 15, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution recognizing and commemorating the album Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary, "honoring the masterpiece and reaffirming jazz as a national treasure."




Recordings

Davis, Miles: Miles Davis

Miscellaneous Miles Davis from 1955 to 1960. There are three recordings from different European tours. On the fi rst tour he recorded “Lady Be Good” in Zurich, Switzerland with Lester Young and the Rene Urtreger trio. On the second tour he was in Stuttgart, Germany and recorded with Erwin Lehn Orchestra and on the third tour he was in Zurich, Switzerland with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. In October 1957 he was in New York and played at “Birdland” with Bobby Jasper, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. July 17, 1955 he recorded at Newport Jazz Festival. George Wein had organized a group with Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, Percy Heath and Connie Kay and asked Miles to sit in with the group for a couple of numbers. The group played a few tunes and then Miles joined the group. They played “Now’s The Time” and then Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight”. Miles solo made such an impact on the audience and critics. He got a standing ovation and his career received an enormous lift.