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Miles Davis - The "Cool" Inventor

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Miles Davis - The "Cool" Inventor
PHASE 2 - Jazz and Rock
Miles in Berlin
Formed a new quintet -(bass) Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter(piano), Tony Williams (drums) ,
George Coleman(Sax) (replaced by Wayne Shorter (In Autumn Leaves) - Cannonball Aderly - Saxophone
Funky, upbeat
Other instruments (piano and drum) more role to play
Bitches Brew
jazz -fusion DOMINANT FORM
Bitches Brew did fantastically well
Influenced everyones outlook
toward music at that period
of time

Phase 3 - Electronica /Pop with Jazz
1970's - recluse
did not highlight his solos
bass Michael Henderson, Reggie Lucas and Pete Cosey (guitar), Al Foster and Mtume (drums), and Sonny Fortune and Dave Liebman(sax)
1975- Agharta (Japan)
Began to play backup for famous vocalists as well like Cyndi lauper
Critics disliked this phase
broke pop charts
Notice- CHANGE

PHASE 1- 1950's
Philly Joe Jones(drums), Paul Chambers(bass), Red Garland(piano), John Coltraine (first time using a saxophonist)
Jazz quintet
Drugs were prevalant
(Heroin addict)
The saxaphone and trumpet complement each other
the saxaphone acts as a bass to accompany and highlight the trumpet
other instruments highlight him
sad, painful music
reflection of the life he was going through
ups and downs
Conclusion - His Musical Influence
Man with many talents
TV, Film and Visual Arts
His music truly influenced the way we view and listen to jazz today.
Multiple rhythm and melodies at the same time
changed the accustomed taste
SYNCOPATION - accenting the offbeat
The pentatonic scale/blues scale
A C D E G (for example)
All these patterns helped people identify jazz music and appreciate it more as time went by.
By Chaitra Subramaniam
Musical Biography
Born May 26, 1926
Jazz trumpeter
Raised in Illinois
Trumpet at 13
Influenced by famous musicians such as Charlie Parker and Billy Eckstine
American Jazz Music
Julliard School of Music
Moved to New York and began to play in the 1945 Savoy Sessions
1949 - Drug addict (phase)
1968 - Fusion of jazz and rock
1972- Car crash - recluse
Began to incorporate electronic
1980's - visual art phase
Late 1980's - 1990 - Began to act and take his music a little lighter (health)
Autumn Leaves
Miles in Berlin
Jazz Quintet
4/4 Simple quadruple, Medium
blues/jazz progression
Trumpet - prominent instrument
Other instruments back it up
similar to earlier phase
However at 6:46, it changes
piano gets highlighted
Disjunct skips intervals
Form - free
Not yet at the jazz and rock fusion phase
Monophonic/ Homophonic
Mostly set in the minor pentatonic but upbeat
What is Jazz?
1900 - 1930 Jazz - greatly inspired by ragtime music, great way to express emotions through times of hardship
American jazz
New Orleans
1940 - Great Depression - everything was failing - jazz music was alive- not the industry, just the culture (influenced swing)
World War II - movement from swing to bebop
1950 - Jazz - sophisticated form of music
why? accustomed tastes and a sense of class
2000's - still extremely prevalant all over the world
lack of form or structure

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