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Davis, Miles

Works: 2,741 works in 10,122 publications in 12 languages and 101,750 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Jazz  Trumpet music (Jazz)  Live sound recordings  Drama  Film adaptations  Jazz-rock (Music)  Bop (Music)  Film noir  Operas 
Roles: Performer, Author, Instrumentalist, Composer, Interviewee, Conductor, Originator, Musician, Singer, Dedicatee, per, Illustrator, Other, Contributor, Actor, Artist, Bibliographic antecedent, Honoree, Creator, Editor, Arranger
Classifications: M1366.D38, B
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Most widely held works by Miles Davis
Kind of blue by Miles Davis( Recording )

222 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 3,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hear it, if you're one of the few who haven't. This is the only jazz album that sells five thousand copies a week, every week. Try to get beyond its landmark status."--New York Times Essential Library Jazz
Birth of the cool by Miles Davis( Recording )

106 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis( Recording )

147 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miles Davis, trumpet Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Gil Evans
Bitches brew by Miles Davis( Recording )

136 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zum 40. Jubiläum des Meilensteins 'Bitches Brew' (1970) von Miles Davis erscheint die Platte in einer Sonderedition, in der das ursprüngliche Tracklisting um bisher unveröffentlichte Titel ergänzt wird. Ausserdem liegt eine DVD mit einem Livemitschnitt eines Auftrittes vom November 1969 in Kopenhagen, bei dem Teile des im April 1970 folgenden Albums gespielt wurden. Dieses Konzert ist ebenfalls unveröffentlicht. Die Besetzung ist jeweils beeindruckend: An der Studioaufnahme nahmen neben Miles Davis (Trompete) Wayne Shorter (Saxofone), Joe Zawinul und Chick Corea (beide Piano), Lenny White und Jack DeJohnette (beide Schlagzeug), John McLaughlin (Gitarre), Dave Holland (Bass) u.a. teil. Auf der Bühne spielte das Quintett Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Core, Dave Holland und Jack DeJohnette. Mit 'Bitches Brew' stiess der innovative Davis einmal mehr eine neue Tür auf, die Platte gilt - noch mehr als der Vorgänger 'In a silent way' - als Wegbereiter des Fusion-Jazz. ä'Bitches Brew' is so forward thinking, it retains its freshness and mystery in the 21st centuryä (
'Round about midnight by Miles Davis( Recording )

90 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Round midnight / Hanighen, C. Williams, T. Monk -- Ah-leu-cha / C. Parker -- All of you / Cole Porter -- Bye bye blackbird / M. Dixon, R. Henderson -- Tadd's delight / Dameron -- Dear old Stockholm / S. Getz
Somethin' else by Cannonball Adderley( Recording )

91 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally released in 1958
Milestones by Miles Davis( Recording )

128 editions published between 1896 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is immediately noticeable upon listening to this delicately and superbly remastered version of Miles Davis classic first -- and only -- album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it is true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own. For starters, there's the steaming bebop blues of "Dr. Jackie" -- recorded in 1955 for a Prestige session with Jackie McLean. Davis is still in his role as a trumpet master, showing a muscularity of tone that reveals something more akin to Roy Eldridge or Louis Armstrong than Dizzy or Fats Navarro. The tempo is furious as all the members of the sextet solo except for Jones. The saxophonists trade choruses and come off sounding like mirrored images of one another in the slower, post-bop blues that is "Sid's Ahead." With a slippery melody line that quotes two harmonic lines from early New Orleans-styled blues, Davis drives the band into the rhythm section's garage. It's Cannonball first with his stuttered, angular lines, hiccuping halfway through the interval before continuing on with a squeak here and the slightest squawk there. Next up is Davis, blowing fluid and straightened lines, ribbons through the rhythm section's center as Red Garland lays out and leaves it to Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones to provide the earnest, time-keeping 4/4 that Davis sidles to in the tune. When Coltrane solos, all best are off as he plays as pure a blues as he was capable at the time. Nonetheless, there are the long lines of slurred notes, smattered against Garland's harmonies and he slips into quoting "Skip to my Lou" before knotting it back down to the basics and even then not for long. Coltrane was already exploring the edges of mode and harmony; he used an intervallic invention in the choruses to juxtapose his solo against the rhythm section and it worked -- but it must have made Davis raise an eyebrow. Chambers' solo is as tasteful and as breezy and free as only he could be. His contrapuntal soloing rides the rhythm out, Garland striding along quietly until the tune returns
Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin( Recording )

81 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The buzzard song; Bess, you is my woman now; Gone Gone, gone, gone; Summertime; Bess, oh where's my Bess; Prayer (oh doctor Jesus); Fishermen, strawberry and devil crab; My man's gone now; There's a boat that's leaving soon for New York; It ain't necessarily so; Here come de honey man; I love you, Porgy
Miles Davis Ken Burns jazz by Miles Davis( Recording )

180 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of pieces by various composers
In a silent way by Miles Davis( Recording )

96 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miles ahead by Miles Davis( Recording )

113 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This album is perhaps most significant for the process it set in motion -- the collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis that would produce Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, two of Davis' best albums. That said, this album is a miracle in itself, the result of a big gamble on the part of Columbia Records, who put together Evans and Davis, who hadn't worked together since recording the critically admired but commercially unsuccessful sides that would later be issued as The Birth of the Cool. Columbia also allowed Evans to assemble a 19-piece band for the recordings, at a time when big bands were far out of fashion and also at a time when the resulting recordings could not be released until two years in the future (because of Davis' contractual obligations with Prestige). Davis was also expected to carry the album as its only soloist, and manage not to get lost among a cast of supporting musicians that included a huge horn section. To a large extent, he succeeds. Evans' arrangements in particular are well-suited to the format, and he and Davis formed a deep and close partnership where ideas were swapped back and forth, nurtured, and developed long before they were expressed in the studio. Davis gets off to a great start, with the hyper-kinetic "Springsville," which seems to almost perfectly embody Evans' and Davis' partnership with its light, flexible exchanges between soloist and orchestra. He is strongest on the ballads, though, where his subdued and wistful tone rises high above the hushed accompaniment, especially on "Miles Ahead" and "Blues for Pablo" (which foreshadows the bluesy, Latin-tinged sound of Sketches of Spain). The upbeat "I Don't Want to Be Kissed (By Anyone but You)" is another strong song, but shows the weakness of the format as Davis intersperses a charming, bright, technically challenging solo with a blasting horn section that occasionally buries him. It is a fine end, however, to an album that gave a hint of the greatness that would come as Evans and Davis fine-tuned their partnership over the course of the next several years. Stacia Proefrock
Ken Burns jazz the story of America's music by Ken Burns( Recording )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music from the PBS special Jazz, by filmmaker Ken Burns
Ascenseur pour l'echafaud by Louis Malle( Visual )

36 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julien is a former paratrooper, who now works for millionaire arms dealer Simon Carala. He is in love with Florence, Carala's wife. They plan to murder him and make it look like a suicide, but Julien forgets a rather important detail. Leaving the engine of his sports car running, he races up to the office to retrieve it, but fate intervenes, and Julien misses his rendezvous with Florence. She spends the night wandering the Parisian streets alone. Meanwhile brash teenager Louis and his girlfriend Veronique decide to "borrow" the car, which launches a disastrous stream of coincidence with sinister consequences
Miles smiles by Miles Davis Quintet( Recording )

49 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet by Miles Davis( Recording )

48 editions published between 1956 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bags' groove by Miles Davis( Recording )

58 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet by Miles Davis Quintet( Recording )

48 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tribute to Jack Johnson by Miles Davis( Recording )

51 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nefertiti by Miles Davis( Recording )

61 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bird the original recordings of Charlie Parker by Charlie Parker( Recording )

11 editions published in 1988 in 3 languages and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Miles Davis US-amerikanischer Jazz-Trompeter, -Flgelhornist, Komponist und Bandleader

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