The Great Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III was born on the 26th of May 1926, in Illinois, where he was also raised. He was an American jazz musician, composer, trumpeter and bandleader. Davis was one of the most acclaimed and prominent personalities in jazz history as well as twentieth-century music. He utilized a variety of approaches for his music in his career that spanned 5 decades. This made him renowned in a range of primary stylistic developments in the world of jazz.

He left studies at the Juilliard School in NYC and did his professional debut when he joined Charlie Parker’s bebop quintet as a saxophonist from 1944–48. Soon after this period, he did the recording of the Birth of the Cool sessions for the LA-based Capitol Records. In the early 50s, Miles Davis recorded a number of the earliest hard bop songs during his stint with Prestige Records. He did these sessions haphazardly as a result of his addiction to heroin.

Following a popularly acclaimed come-back performance in 1955 at the Newport Jazz Festival, he penned a long-term contract with Columbia Records. He then recorded his album, ‘Round About Midnight’, which was released in 1957. This album was his first work in collaboration with John Coltrane, a saxophonist, and Paul Chambers, a bassist, both of whom were important members of the group that Davis led into the early 60s. He alternated, during this period, between orchestral jazz projects with Gil Evans. Some of these collaborations included 1958’s Milestone, 1959’s Kind of Blue and 1960’s Sketches of Spain. Kind of blue is still the most famous jazz albums of all time because it sold more than 4 million copies in America alone.

“Seven Steps to Heaven”

Miles Davis effected many changes in his lineup when he was busy in the recording sessions of 1963’s Seven Steps to Heaven; 1961’s Blackhawk concerts and Someday My Prince Will Come, also released in 1961. He did several other records from the 1960s through the 70s after adding a number of other members to his new quintet formed in 1964. Davis’ record in 1971, Bitches Brew, which sold millions of copies, was key in sparking a resurgence in the commercial popularity of jazz as a music genre in the 1970s.

Then, Miles Davis retired for 5 years due to his failing health. In the 80s, he resumed his music career and took in younger music artists into his band. In this period, he also employed pop music sounds in albums like 1986’s Tutu and 1981’s The Man with the Horn. All over the world, Davis performed sold-out concerts. He also ventured into TV work, visual arts and film. In 2006, years after his death, he became inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame, in which he was described as one of the most influential personalities in jazz history. Miles Davis died on the 28th of September 1991, after suffering from respiratory failure, stroke, and pneumonia. Miles Davis is a worldwide famous and well-loved artist. He continues to be loved and talked about to this day.