Miles Davis (jazz trumpeter, bandleader, songwriter)

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Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) 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. With his ever-changing directions in music, Davis was at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz over his five-decade career.

Born and raised in Illinois, Davis began performing in 1940s New York with saxophonist Charlie Parker before recording the Birth of the Cool sessions for Capitol Records, which were instrumental to the development of cool jazz. In the early 1950s, he recorded some of the earliest hard bop music while on Prestige Records but did so haphazardly due to a heroin addiction. 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 music-influenced Sketches of Spain (1960), and band recordings, such as Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959). The latter featured harmonies developed by pianist Bill Evans and was an innovative work in the emerging modal jazz style, eventually becoming arguably the most popular jazz album ever.

Davis made several line-up changes while recording Someday My Prince Will Come (1961), his Blackhawk concerts, and Seven Steps to Heaven (1963), another mainstream success that introduced bassist Ron Carter, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Tony Williams. After adding saxophonist Wayne Shorter to his new quintet in 1964, Davis led them on a series of more abstract recordings often composed by the band members, helping pioneer the post-bop genre with albums such as E.S.P (1965) and Miles Smiles (1967), before transitioning into his electric period. During the 1970s, he radically experimented with rock, funk, African rhythms, emerging electronic music technology, and an ever-changing lineup of musicians, including keyboardist Joe Zawinul, drummer Al Foster, and guitarist John McLaughlin. This period, beginning with Davis' 1969 studio album In a Silent Way and concluding with the 1975 concert recording Agharta, was the most controversial in his career, alienating and challenging many in jazz. His million-selling 1970 record Bitches Brew helped spark a resurgence in the genre's commercial popularity with jazz fusion as the decade progressed.

After a five-year retirement due to poor health, Davis returned to recording new music and performing live in the early 1980s, which found him employing younger musicians and pop music sounds on albums such as The Man with the Horn (1981) and Tutu (1986). Critics were generally unreceptive but the decade garnered Davis his highest level of commercial recognition, as he performed sold-out concerts worldwide while branching out into visual arts, film, and television work, before his death in 1991. In 2006, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz". Rolling Stone described Davis as "the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, not to mention one of the most important musicians of the 20th century," while Gerald Lyn Early called him inarguably one of the most influential and innovative musicians of that period.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 The Best of Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2004 Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963–1964 Miles Davis 1
2004 Enigma Miles Davis 1
2004 RTL Jazz: La Collection − Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2004 That Old Black Magic Miles Davis 1
2004 The Jazz Biography Miles Davis 1
2004 The Serpent's Tooth Miles Davis 1
2005 Just Jazz: Miles Tones Miles Davis 1
2005 Denial Miles Davis 1
2005 In a Soulful Mood Miles Davis 1
2005 Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2005 Miles Davis Featuring John Coltrane Miles Davis feat. John Coltrane 1
2005 Milestones Miles Davis 1
2005 Poetics of Sound 1954-1959 Miles Davis 1
2005 Prestige Profiles: Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2005 The Very Best: The Early Years Miles Davis 2
2005 Together Miles Davis & Charlie Parker 1
2006 The Collection Miles Davis 1
2006 The Essential Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2006 Cool & Collected Miles Davis 1
2006 Tune Up Miles Davis 1
2006 BD Jazz, Volume 36: Miles Davis / Jacques Ferrandez Miles Davis 1
2006 Just Squeeze Me Miles Davis 1
2007 The Peacocks Miles Davis 1
2007 Milestones (German compilation) Miles Davis 1
2007 Trane's Blues Miles Davis & John Coltrane 1
2007 The Complete On the Corner Sessions Miles Davis 1
2007 The Complete Live Recordings 1956-1957 Miles Davis 1
2007 Coleção Folha clássicos do jazz, Volume 11 Miles Davis 1
2007 Milestones (UK compilation) Miles Davis 1
2007 Cool: The Best of Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2007 Miles’ Groove Miles Davis 1
2007 Collection Miles Davis 1
2007 De legendes van de jazz Billie Holiday / Miles Davis 1
2007 Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2008 The World of Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2008 Une trompette, un souffle : Miles Miles Davis 1
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Miles Davis Miles Davis 2
2008 Ahead of Midnight Miles Davis 1
2008 Muted Miles Miles Davis 1
2008 Jazz Track Miles Davis 2
2008 Miles Davis and the Jazz Giants Miles Davis 1
2008 Jazz Profiles Miles Davis 1
2009 Miles in the Clouds Miles Davis 1
2009 The Complete Columbia Album Collection Miles Davis 1
2009 From the Heart (previously available as Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs) Miles Davis 1
2009 Out of Nowhere Miles Davis 1
2010 Miles Ahead / Blue Moods Miles Davis 1
2010 Icon Miles Davis 1
2010 Original Album Classics (Nefertiti / Sorcerer / Filles de Kilimanjaro) Miles Davis 1
2010 Original Album Classics (The Man With the Horn / Star People / Decoy / You're Under Arrest / Aura) Miles Davis 1
2010 Going Miles Miles Davis 1
2010 Perfect Way: The Miles Davis Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years Miles Davis 1
2010 Milestones Miles Davis 1
2010 Out of the Blue Miles Davis 1
2011 All Time Best (Reclam Musik Edition) Miles Davis 1
2011 The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige Miles Davis 1
2011 The Rough Guide to Jazz Legends: Miles Davis: Birth of a Legend Miles Davis 2
2011 Eight Classic Albums Miles Davis 1
2011 1986-1991: The Warner Years Miles Davis 1
2011 Cookin' and Relaxin' Miles Davis 1
2011 The Real Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2011 The Real... Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2012 Mitos do jazz, Volume 7: Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2012 Essential Miles Miles Davis 1
2012 So What? Miles Davis 1
2013 Four Classic Albums Miles Davis 1
2013 The Original Mono Recordings Miles Davis 1
2013 Autour de Minuit : Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
2014 Complete Studio Recordings — The Master Takes Miles Davis & John Coltrane 1
2014 It's All About Jazz Miles Davis 1
2015 Walkin' With The Museing's of Miles Miles Davis 1
2015 The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years Miles Davis 1
2015 Complete Blue Note 1952 - 1954 Studio Sessions Miles Davis 1
2016 Miles Deep Miles Davis 1
2016 After Work Miles Davis 1
75th Birthday Celebration Miles Davis 1
1957 - 1958 Miles Davis 1
1958-1960: Concierto De Aranjuez Miles Davis 1
Anthropology Dizzy Gillespie / Miles Davis 1
Best of Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
Best of Seven Steps: The Complete... Miles Davis 1
Bird & Miles Charlie Parker & Miles Davis 1
Bluing Miles Davis 1
Boplicity Miles Davis 1
Call It What It Is Miles Davis 1
Charlie Parker With Miles Davis Charlie Parker & Miles Davis 1
Collection 2000 Miles Davis 1
Cookin' at the Plugged Nickel Miles Davis 1
Early Milestones Original Recordings 1945-1949 Miles Davis 1
Evolution of a Genius 1954-1956 Miles Davis 1
Gold Miles Davis 1
Gold Miles Davis 1
Gold Collection III Miles Davis 1
Gold Collection IV Miles Davis 1
Gold Collection V Miles Davis 1
Hall of Fame - Tempus Fugit Miles Davis 1
Jazz Profile #023: Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
Le meilleur de Miles Davis Miles Davis 1
Masters of Jazz - Round Midnight Miles Davis 1

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