And Miles really opened up so many doors for me and introduced me to so many other incredible musicians. His use of space is inspirational: there are plenty of musicians who can play faster than Miles and play more notes, but he could say more with less, and sound more powerful. As a heavy metal guitarist playing fast is part of what you do, but Miles certainly had an impact on me in terms of trying to say more with less.
6. Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution of the Groove)
The trumpeter started recording more than 70 years ago and altered the course of jazz many times. Here are 10 key tracks from his extraordinary career. Between his first recording session in and his death in , Miles Davis changed the course of music many times. The first of these came with the short-lived lineups he assembled for a New York residency and three studio sessions between January and March The nine-piece lineup was unusual — few jazz bands used a French horn — and the gigs attracted little attention.
With a career spanning over 40 years, Miles Davis was an absolutely vital presence in the world of modern jazz throughout the s all the way up to his death in the s. Jazz certainly has a large spectrum of style largely thanks to artists like Davis , but this song is possibly the closest he has ever come to a lounge sound. Until of course, things pick up with the saxophone solo and remind us all that no piece by the inventor of cool is ever that simple. Contrary to even all of the other works on this list alone, Milestones is practically in double time the whole way through and every part of the instrumentation is bold, well-thought out and elegant. Match a song like this with any other style of music at the time of its release in the late s, and nothing will compare. Regardless of its release, So What and the rest of Kind of Blue grip the listener in the most unique and unprecedented way. Even the most laid back swing number still demands all attention for the virtuosic soloing that sprawls across the wonderful rhythm. Employing a staggeringly large array of different sounds throughout its impressive 17 minutes, his band runs through everything from bongos over big band horn leads, experimental funk guitar and saxophone, and Afro-Cuban rhythmic patterns simultaneously.
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. Born in Alton, Illinois , and raised in East St. Louis , Davis left to study at Juilliard in New York City , before dropping out and making his professional debut as a member of saxophonist Charlie Parker 's bebop quintet from to