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90 years of Miles Davis: the 6 essential albums

Jazz trumpeter and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, Miles Davis (may 26, 1926 – september 28, 1991) would today ninety years. These are the six Miles-plates that you should not miss.

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Also read: Miles Davis ‘ 90: a look back at his confusing career

Birth of the Cool (released in 1957)

Between 1948 and 1950 leads Miles a negenkoppig ensemble that the energetic bebop a new direction sends out. The flashy solos and nervous pace to create a place for rich arrangements and unusual instrumental colours.

‘Round About Midnight (1957)

One of the coolest pictures of The First Great Quintet (Miles, trumpet; John Coltrane, tenorsax; Red Garland, piano; Paul Chambers, bass and Philly Joe Jones, drums). Who is this lust, will also enjoy Cookin’ (1956), Relaxin’ (1958),Workin’ (1959) Steamin’ (1961).

Miles Ahead (1957)

In may 1957 begins Davis on a project that him incontournable: arrangements and two original compositions of his friend Gil Evans. The repertoire swings between classical, ethnic music, pop and jazz. An artistic and commercial triumph.

Kind of Blue (1959)

That One Obligatory Album of Miles Davis, and a new Big Leap Forward for Miles, which will put greater emphasis on melody and less on breakneck akkoordenreeksen. ‘The monstre sacré, and not for nothing is the best-selling jazz album in history,” said Michael Cuscuna, the largest producer of the jazzbusiness, ever in Knack Focus. “Sounds still very modern.’

Miles Smiles (1967)

The best album from The Second Great Quintet (Miles, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor sax; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums), just before he was Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and fusion were discovered.

Bitches Brew (1970)

Ripping guitars! Monstrueuze jams! Spuuglelijke covers! The big sale of Miles Davis starts here. Three swirling studiodagen gives both Miles the cornerstone of what the jazzfusion will be. Goe vur in den otto.

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Also read: Miles Davis ‘ 90: a look back at his confusing career

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