Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. 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, including Bop, Post Bop, Modal, Avant Garde, Fusión [which many critics claim he invented], and Hip-Hop.
After a widely acclaimed comeback performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, he signed a long-term contract with Columbia Records and recorded the 1957 album ‘Round About Midnight. It was his first work with saxophonist John Coltrane and bassist Paul Chambers, key members of the sextet he led into the early 1960s. During this period, he alternated between orchestral jazz collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, such as the Spanish-influenced Sketches of Spain (1960), and band recordings, such as Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959). The latter recording remains the most popular jazz album of all time, having sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
Miles Davis is considered one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music. The Guardian described him as “a pioneer of 20th-century music, leading many of the key developments in the world of jazz.” He has been called “one of the great innovators in jazz”, and had the titles Prince of Darkness and the Picasso of Jazz bestowed upon him. He won eight Grammy Awards and received thirty-two nominations throughout his brilliant career.
Included on this playlist are tracks from Kind of Blue , Miles Smiles , and Miles In The Sky