Tag Archives: Miles Davis

Episode09 Jazz

1. Miles Davis – If I Where A Bell, Prestige
2. Jimmy Smith – Who´s Afraid of Virginia Woolf(pt.1&2), Verve
3. Art Blakey Quartet – Just Knock On My Door, Jasmine
4. Milt Jackson – Soul Fusion, Pablo
5. Stan Getz – Pretty City, Cbs
6. Jimmy McGriff – I Cover the Waterfront, Blue Note
7. Monty Alexander – Never Let Me Go, Pablo
8. Miles Davis– Circle in the Round, Cbs
9. Kenny Dorham – Stella by Starlight, Xanadu
10. Joe Henderson – Relaxin´at Camarillo, Contemporary
11. Wynton Marsalis – Twilight, Cbs
12. Art Blakey with The Original Jazz Messengers – the End of a Love Affair, Columbia

Episode08 Jazz

1. St Germain – So Flute, Blue Note
2. Lou Donaldson – Donkey Walk, Blue Note
3. Sonny Rollins – Tenor Madness, Prestige
4. Wayne Shorter – Down in the Depths, Vee Jay
5. Herbie Hancock – Triangle, Blue Note
6. Miles Davis – Dear Old Stockholm, Blue Note
7. Wayne Shorter – Lost, Blue Note
8. Sonny Rollins Ee-Ah, Prestige
9. Donald Byrd – Here Am I, Blue Note
10. Sonny Rollins – I´m an old Cowhand, Contemporary
11. Don Patterson – Rosetta, Prestige
12. Don Patterson – Darben the Redd Foxx, Prestige

Episode07 Jazz

1. Cannonball Adderley – Blues for Christmas, Milestone Records
2. Miles Davis – Two Faced, Cbs
3. Lionel Hampton – China Boy, Metro Records
4. Dinah Washington – I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, Mercury
5. Donald Byrd – Witch Hunt, Blue Note
6. Dinah Washington – Again, Mercury
7. George Braith – Mary Ann, Blue Note
8. Miles Davis – Oleo, Cbs
9. Charles Mingus – Folk Form, No 1, Barnaby
10. Stuff – Need Somebody, Warner Bros. Records
11. Maceo Parker – Better Half, House of the Fox
12. Allsopp –  Who can I turn too, Impossible Ark Records

Episode06 Jazz

1. Cliff Jordan and John Gilmore – Billie´s Bounce, Blue Note
2. Charlie Parker – Hot House, Jazz Beat
3. Maceo Parker – Lady Luck, ESC Records
4. Maceo Parker – I Remember Mr. Banks, House of the Fox
5. Miles Davis Quintet – If I Were A Bell, Prestige
6. Jimmy Smith – I Got A Woman, Metro
7. George Braith – Mary Ann, Ble Note
8. Kenny Rice and Richard Martin ft. Nat Adderley – Nat´s Tune, Promo
9. Herbie Hancock – Hot Piano, Continental Records
10. Lee Morgan – Twice Around, Blue Note
11. Miles Davis – Stella By Starlight, Columbia
12. Cannonball Adderley – Straight, No Chaser, Jazz Wax Records

Episode05 Jazz

1. John Coltrane – Equinox, BBE
2. Gemini – Ecstasy, Fantasy Records
3. George Braith – Home Street, Blue Note
4. Miles Davis – How Deep is the Ocean, Blue Note
5. Miles Davis – Out of Nowhere, Mr. Pickwick
6. Sun Ra – Ankhnation, Saturn
7. the Jahari Massamba Unit ft. Karriem Riggins Trio – Umoja, Stones Throw
8. Ben Webster – Late Date, Metro Records
9. Kenny Dorham – Venita´s Dance, Blue Note
10. Jef Gilson avec Hal Singer – Chant Inca, Kindred Spirits
11. Benny Goodman – Tiger Rag, Quintessence Jazz
12. Sun Ra – Sun_Earth Rock, Saturn

Miles Davis – In a Silent Way lp

Although previous Davis records and live performances had already begun the shift to jazz fusion, In A Silent Way featured a full-blown electric approach. For this and other reasons, it is usually regarded as the first of his fusion recordings. The album lineup includes Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Tony Williams and the virtuoso guitarist and newcomer John McLaughlin (future leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra), introduced to Davis by Williams only the night before the recording session.

Episode04 Jazz

1. Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage, Blue Note
2. Miles Davis – If I Where a Bell, Columbia Jazz
3. Barbara & Ernie – Searching the Circle, Fallout
4. Cannonball Adderley – the End of a Love Affair, High Fidelity
5. Lionel Hampton – Blues for Norman, Metro Records
6. Herbie Hancock – Fat Albert Rotunda, Warner Bros
7. Lee Morgan – Tom Cat, Blue Note
8. George Braith – Braith-A-Way, Blue Note
9. Buck Clayton & Big Joe Turner – Too Late, Fontana
10. Coleman Hawkins – Exactly Like You, Pablo Records
11. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – War, Not on label
12. Steve Grossman – Katonah, P.M. Records

Episode03 Jazz

1. Cannonball Adderley – Stay on it, Jazz Wax Records
2. Jules Deelder – Jazz Is, Roach Records
3. Sonny Red – the Lope, Blue Note
4. Don Patterson – Hump Snapa Blues, Prestige
5. Herbie Hancock – Mimosa, Blue Note
6. Miles Davis – Black Comedy, Columbia
7. Sammy Price – Shorty Needs A Mademoiselle, Jazz Anthology
8. Buddy Tate – Tenderly, Riff
9. Hard Hitting – Hard Work, Sonorama Records
10. Lee McDonald – I´ll Do Anything For You, Favorite
11. Sun Ra – Kingdom of  Thunder, Saturn
12. Cannonball Adderley– Them Dirty Blues, Capitol

Miles Davis

Miles DavisMiles Davis was one of the greatest visionaries and most important figures in jazz history. He was born in a well-to-do family in East St. Louis. He became a local phenom and toured locally with Billy Eckstine’s band while he was in high school. He moved to New York under the guise of attending the Julliard School of Music. However, his real intentions were to hook up with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. He quickly climbed up the ranks while learning from Bird and Diz and became the trumpet player for Charlie Parker’s group for nearly 3 years. His first attempt at leading a group came in 1949 and was the first of many occurrences in which he would take jazz in a new direction. Along with arranger Gil Evans, he created a nonet (9 members) that used non-traditional instruments in a jazz setting, such as French horn and Tuba. He invented a more subtle, yet still challenging style that became known as “cool jazz.” This style influenced a large group of musicians who played primarily on the west coast and further explored this style. The recordings of the nonet were packaged by Capitol records and released under the name The Birth of the Cool. The group featured Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, and Max Roach, among others. This was one of the first instances in which Miles demonstrated a recurring move that angered some: he brought in musicians regardless of race. He once said he’d give a guy with green skin and “polka-dotted breath” a job, as long as they could play sax as well as Lee Konitz. After spending 4 years fighting a heroin addiction, he conquered it, inspired by the discipline of the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.

After a triumphant performance of Thelonious Monk’s classic ‘Round Midnight at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival, Miles became a hot commodity. He put together a permanent quintet that featured John Coltrane, Red Garland, “Philly Joe” Jones, and Paul Chambers. Miles had a gift for hearing the music in his head, and putting together a band of incredible musicians whose contrasting styles could result in meeting the end result he was looking for. He later added a 6th member, Cannonball Adderly and replaced Jones and Garland with Jimmy Cobb and Bill Evans. In the late 50s, his groups popularized modal jazz and changed the direction of jazz again. He made 2 more classics with the Sextet during this time, Milestones and Kind of Blue. After this time, most of his group left to form their own groups. This was a constant during Miles’ career–he brought in the best up-and-coming musicians and after playing in his band and getting established, they formed their own groups. Among the bandleaders to have come from Miles band include: John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Red Garland, “Philly” Jo Jones, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, (Shorter and Zawinul would go on to form the fusion group Weather Report) Keith Jarrett, Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, John McGlaughlin, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Kenny Garrett, Mike Stern, and Bob Berg.

During this time, Miles and Gil Evans collaborated again and made another unique record, Sketches of Spain, in which Miles plays Spanish Flamenco music backed by an orchestra. His tone is so beautiful and clear, it almost sounds like his trumpet is singing. After experimenting with different groups for 3 years, Miles, who was in his late 30s (old by jazz standards), fused his group with young players in order to bring in fresh ideas. In 1963, he put together his 2nd legendary quintet: Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and 16 year old drumming protege Tony Williams. For 5 years, this group pushed the limits of freedom and made some fiery jazz! In 1968, Miles brought in Joe Zawinul as a 2nd keyboardist and around this time, started experimenting with electric instruments. He made the classic In a Silent Way and a year later, he added British guitarist John McGloughlin and replaced Tony Williams (who left to form his own band) with Jack DeJohnette, and he took jazz in yet a whole new direction with the record Bitches Brew, in which he fused Rock Music with jazz and went heavily into electric music. This record fired the first shot in the fusion revolution which took jazz to a whole new level of popularity.

In the early 1970s, Miles kept experimenting with the electric instruments and fusing more funk into his music. In 1976, a combination of bad health, cocaine use, and lack of inspiration caused Miles to go into a 5-year retirement. He conquered his cocaine habit, received new inspiration and returned in 1981 and made a series of records that I haven’t heard. He did keep pushing music, as he was not one to rest on his laurels and play his old music. He started experimenting more with synthesizers and using studio techniques in his recordings. He won a series of Grammy Awards during this decade and continued turning out sidemen, such as Garrett, Stern, and Berg, listed above. Miles Davis died in 1991.



Miles Davis – Splatch, Warner Bros Records (1986)

Miles Davis – Black Comedy, Columbia

Miles Davis – If I Where a Bell, Columbia Jazz

Miles Davis – How Deep is the Ocean, Blue Note

Miles Davis – Out of Nowhere, Mr. Pickwick

Miles Davis – Stella By Starlight, Columbia

Miles Davis Quintet – If I Were A Bell, Prestige

Miles Davis – Two Faced, Cbs

Miles Davis – Oleo, Cbs

Miles Davis – Dear Old Stockholm, Blue Note

Miles Davis – If I Where A Bell, Prestige

Miles Davis- Circle in the Round, Cbs

Episode01 Jazz

1. Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Colonial Mentality, Arista
2. Les Freres Smith – Smithian Steppaz, Melting Pot
3. Cannonball Adderley – Something ´Else, Blue Note
4. Al Johnson – Back for more, Columbia
5. Sun Ra – Ankhnaton, Saturn Records
6. Herbie Hancock – The Spook who sas by the Door, Blue Note
7. Dusty Keep it Raw, Loco Para la Pista, Jazz & Milk
8. Gerardo Frisina ft. Candela All Stars – Es Diferente, Schema
9. Freddie Hubbard – Open Sesame, Blue Note
10. Herbie Hancock – Ostinato(Sweet for Angela), Warner Bros Records
11. Miles Davis – Splatch, Warner Bros Records
12. Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk, Blue Note

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