© Herman Leonard
|Birth: Alton, IL, 25 July 1926
Professional Career: Charlie Parker Band (1945-48), Miles Davis All Stars (1947), Miles Davis Nonet (collaboration w/ Gil Evans 1948-50), Miles Davis Quintet / Sextet (personel 1955-68: Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderly, Bill Evans (ii), Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Heath, Hank Mobley, George Coleman, Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter), Miles Davis Band (personel 1969-75: Chick Corea, Joe Zawinal, Keith Jarrett, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Cobham, Al Foster, Airto Moreira), Miles Davis Band (personel 1975-85: Branford Marsalis, Bob Berg, John Scofield, Robert Irving III, Bill Evans (iii), Al Foster)
Selected Recordings: Birth of the Cool(1950), Relaxin(1956), Kind of Blue(1959), Seven Steps To Heaven(1963), Bitches Brew(1969)
Miles Davis was one of the most diverse innovators of modern jazz. While his career began absorbing the sounds of bebop, he progressed to initiate many other styles of music including cool-jazz, modal jazz, and fusion. Davis's solo ideas incorporated lyricism and subtle phrases that richly contrasted the interpretations of Parker and Coltrane. He was also well known for assembling all-star musicians to perform on memorable recordings including Kind Of Blue that featured John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Cobb, Bill Evans, and Paul Chambers. He popularized the sound of the harmon mute, played the Flugle Horn on select recordings, and defined an era of music. By and large, Miles Davis brought a new dimension to jazz.