Miles Davis

Real Name:
Miles Dewey Davis III
Profile:
Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and one of the most important figures in jazz music history, and music history in general. 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. Winner of eight Grammy awards.

Born: 26 May 1926 in Alton, Illinois, USA.
Died: 28 September 1991 in Santa Monica, California, USA (aged 65).

Best known for his seminal modern jazz album "Kind Of Blue" (1959), the highest selling jazz album of all time with six million copies sold.

Miles went to NYC to study at the academic school for musicians, where he met Charlie Parker. They started playing together from 1945. In 1948 Miles Davis started to make his own ensembles, at that time he met Gil Evans, The Miles Davis Nonet was born. From the few recordings they made in 1949 to 1950 came the album "Birth Of The Cool" (1957), with Davis and Evans going on to work more together in the future.

Miles Davis was one of the musicians who introduced the 'Hard Bop' in the mid 1950s. In the late 1960s he started to experiment with electronic instruments and rock and funk rhythms. In the mid 1970s he stopped playing because of health problems, though in 1980 he made an 'electronical' comeback.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 (Performer). Winner of Eight Grammy Awards.

He married dancer/actress Frances Taylor Davis on December 12, 1959; they divorced in 1968. He then married singer Betty Mabry in September 1968; they divorced in 1970. He then married actress Cicely Tyson on November 26, 1981; they divorced in 1989. Father of Cheryl Davis & Erin Davis. Uncle of Vince Wilburn, Jr.
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Miles Davis - Modern Jazz Trumpets album art Fats Navarro / Dizzy Gillespie / Miles Davis / Kenny Dorham Fats Navarro / Dizzy Gillespie / Miles Davis / Kenny Dorham - Modern Jazz Trumpets (Album) Prestige US 1951 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - The New Sounds album art Miles Davis The New Sounds (Album) Prestige US 1951 Sell This Version
PRLP 116 Miles Davis - The New Sounds album art Lee Konitz Featuring Miles Davis Lee Konitz Featuring Miles Davis - The New Sounds(10", Mono) Prestige PRLP 116 US 1951 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Blue Period album art Miles Davis Blue Period (Album) Prestige US 1953 Sell This Version
H-371, H 371 Miles Davis - Cool And Quiet album art Lennie Tristano, Bill Harris, Miles Davis, Buddy DeFranco Lennie Tristano, Bill Harris, Miles Davis, Buddy DeFranco - Cool And Quiet(10") Capitol Records, Capitol Records H-371, H 371 US 1953 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Miles Davis Plays The Compositions Of Al Cohn album art Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Miles Davis, Sonny Truitt, John Lewis (2), Leonard Gaskin, Kenny Clarke Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Miles Davis, Sonny Truitt, John Lewis (2), Leonard Gaskin, Kenny Clarke - Miles Davis Plays The Compositions Of Al Cohn Prestige Sweden 1953 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Young Man With A Horn album art Miles Davis Young Man With A Horn (Album) Blue Note US 1953 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Vol. 2 album art Miles Davis Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note France 1953 Sell This Version
PrLP 187 Miles Davis - Miles Davis With Sonny Rollins album art Miles Davis With Sonny Rollins Miles Davis With Sonny Rollins - Miles Davis With Sonny Rollins(10", Album) Prestige PrLP 187 US 1954 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Vol. 3 album art Miles Davis Vol. 3 (Album) Blue Note US 1954 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Classics In Jazz  album art Miles Davis Classics In Jazz (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Blue Moods album art Miles Davis Blue Moods (Album) Debut Records US 1955 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Collectors' Items album art Miles Davis Collectors' Items (Album, Comp) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Dig album art Miles Davis Featuring Sonny Rollins Miles Davis Featuring Sonny Rollins - Dig (Comp, Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Quintet / Sextet album art Miles Davis And Milt Jackson Miles Davis And Milt Jackson - Quintet / Sextet (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Blue Haze album art Miles Davis Blue Haze (Album, Comp) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Miles Ahead album art Miles Davis, Gil Evans Miles Davis, Gil Evans - Miles Ahead (Album, Comp) Samson, Columbia Sweden 1957 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight album art Miles Davis 'Round About Midnight (Album) Columbia Australia 1957 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Bags Groove album art Miles Davis Bags Groove (Comp, Album) Prestige US 1957 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Legrand Jazz album art Michel Legrand Featuring Miles Davis Michel Legrand Featuring Miles Davis - Legrand Jazz (Album) Columbia US 1958 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud album art Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Album, Comp) Fontana Netherlands 1958 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Milestones album art Miles Davis Milestones (Album, Comp) Columbia US 1958 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Somethin' Else [The Stereo & Mono Versions] album art Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Art Blakey Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Art Blakey - Somethin' Else [The Stereo & Mono Versions] (Album) Blue Note, Blue Note US 1959 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants album art Miles Davis Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants (Comp, Album) Prestige US 1959 Sell This Version
Miles Davis - Jazz Track album art Miles Davis Jazz Track (Comp, Album) Columbia UK 1959 Sell This Version

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Disasternoon

Disasternoon

May 14, 2020
Not a big jazz fan, but I Love the proggier tracks on "Bitches brew", "Big Fun" and "Get up with it". Pleaseguide me on to similar tunes,not only with Miles,but any artist.
GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

January 25, 2020
edited 5 months ago
As I sit here listening to Shhh/Peaceful, I think to myself: few artists have brought me so much joy.

Viva la Miles.
lucaper

lucaper

November 22, 2019
I saw him in Lugano at Estival Jazz, in 1987, he was turning his back to the audience most of the time.... ( I was on H ); but i am happy i was there : -) RIP miles !
jackfrancis86

jackfrancis86

December 31, 2018
Miles' true genius might have been his ability to spot and nurture talent. Not saying he couldn't play a bit himself, but holy lord above just look at the players that he put together. As great a talent-scout and band-assembler as the world has ever seen. Made sure they kept him on his toes as well. Imagine having the bottle that late into the game (by which point he'd, to invoke the man himself, only changed the face of music two or three times) to pull together the Second Quintet - some straight-up-not-even-exaggerating prodigies, all hungry, all pushing, all trying new stuff - and forcing yourself to keep pace with them. Biggest of brass balls required.
TriHard

TriHard

November 20, 2018
The influence of MD has been felt for decades and will continue to be felt...
Simply.. my #1. The top. The badman of M U S I C.
Words to live by: "For me, music and life are all about style."
fuufuu

fuufuu

August 19, 2018
I'm not even sure Miles Davis is that great. Jazz Schmazz. There, I said it.
GOODGROOVECIRCLE

GOODGROOVECIRCLE

August 22, 2014
The electric period was certainly not Jazz, but it was amazing music. I have been listening to Miles for a long time now and his electric stuff is the most fascinating and captivating music I have ever heard. I cannot get enough of it, from the late 60s to the final concerts in Japan in 1975 this is a superb period that a lot of people simply didn't understand. There is nothing to understand, only to listen to, in awe of a musical genius that got the most out of his stellar musicians.
dreamwolf

dreamwolf

June 4, 2014
People keep calling his music jazz, he didn't call his music jazz.
the_electrician

the_electrician

November 18, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
Miles Davis was the musical experience that truly opened my ears to the world of the jazz horn. Prior to this I had had a puculiar bias against brass, finding it abrasive and a little "unmusical" but since I started listening to the albums of Miles Davis (not to mention his incredible string of genius sidemen), I love more and more the warm, human sound of brass instruments and the craft which goes into the shaping of every individual note played. I've even surprised myself with a preference of Trumpet over Saxophone, which used to be the only brass instrument I could stand to listen to.
offwld

offwld

October 10, 2004
edited over 7 years ago
Miles has to be considered as one of the most forward-thinking and cutting-edge musicians of the 20th century. Purists may label Coltrane (post-Miles' band) as the true innovator, but it was Miles who revolutionized jazz in the 1940's with 'Birth of the Cool' and proceeded to set trends in popular music for the next 40-odd years. The band he recorded with throughout the 60's (Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams drums, Wayne Shorter on sax, Herbie Hancock on keys) has to be one of the tightest units ever to play together. Studio albums like 'Miles in the Sky', 'In a Silent Way' and 'Water Babies' are incredible.. but the live albums from his band during this era are really where it's at.

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