Evolution Of Miles Davis

In the second half of the 1960s, the creative evolution of Miles Davis was significantly influenced by the rock music of Jimi Hendrix, funk (funk) James Brown, as well as young rock bands of the time, like ‘Sly and the Family Stone’ (Sly and the Family Stone). He began to use electric musical instruments (electric organ, bass guitar, electric guitar). The rhythm section of his band was re-oriented towards a sound more characteristic of rock than jazz. Pianist Chick Corea contributed to some of his compositions, and Dave Holland played bass guitar in addition to Ron Carter. Two albums Miles in the Sky (translations of Miles in the sky or Miles in the sky) and “Daughters of Kilimanjaro” (Files de Kilimanjaro) marked the emergence of a new direction in music of the second half of the 20th century, which was called jazz-rock, or fusion (fusion – mixing, interpenetration). This is perhaps the only jazz musician who interacts so actively with rock music and has had such a great influence on rock music.

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A real revelation for listeners and fellow musicians was the 1970 double disc “Bitches Brew” (Bitches Brew), for which Davis assembled a large team, which included Shorter, McLaughlin, Holland, Corea, Zawinul, and organist Larry Young (Larry Young), bass clarinetist Benny Maupin and other performers. The lengthy improvisation, recorded without prior rehearsal, became one of his most significant works. The album was sold in circulation, which could be the envy of any commercially oriented rock band.

Davis continued to experiment in the development of jazz-rock. Inspired by guitarist Jimi Hendrix, he used a wah-wah pedal to achieve the desired effect.

In 1972 he had a serious car accident, the consequences of which greatly reduced the level of his musical activity. A series of records of the first half of the 1970s ended with the live album “Aharta” (Agharta, 1975), recorded in Japan, followed by a long break, ending in 1981 with the release of the album “The Man with the Horn”. This was a new stage in Davis’ activities: there was an interaction between jazz and pop music. The sound became softer and lighter. The musician was still in constant creative search, bringing impressive results.

In the 1980s, Davis toured extensively and was a guest at various jazz festivals. His new records invariably attracted the attention of the most diverse audience.

In 1991, his voluminous autobiography Miles was published. The Autobiography, long awaited after many scandalous books about the life of the great trumpeter. Written in collaboration with poet and journalist Quincy Troup, it spoke candidly about many of the events of Davis’s turbulent life, full of excesses, excesses and self-destructive acts, as well as relentless creativity and creation.

Miles Davis records (more than 50 discs were published in total) occupied high places in both jazz and pop charts. He was repeatedly nominated for the award of the American Academy of Music Grammy (was honored with this award seven times!).

He died on September 28, 1991 in Santa Monica as a result of complications from pneumonia.

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