Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sept. 28: Jazz pioneer Miles Davis died on this date in 1991...

... he was 65 years-old when he died from pneumonia and a stroke.

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles "Dewey" Davis III  is considered by many as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles was, with his many musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.
Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of his ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Horace Silver, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Marcus Miller and Darryl Jones ; and drummers Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, and Al Foster.

On October 7th 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies.
(Follow links below to view You Tube Videos:)
-- "So What" (With John Coltrane)

Miles has been acknowledged with many awards including 10 Grammy awards, 3 Down Beat magazine awards, Sonning Music Award for lifetime achievement and an Australian Film Institute Award.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and St. Louis Walk of Fame.

HIGHLY Recommended:
Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition)Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's EditionBest of Miles Davis & John Coltrane

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