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The Best of Miles Davis

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The wonder of Miles Davis' mid-‘50s output is his ability to play a familiar song in unexpected ways. Once a jolly show tune, "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" becomes a moody, midtempo exploration with a gentle solo from Davis and a more frantic one from John Coltrane. Pop standard "I'll Remember April" twists itself into freewheeling knots as Davis and his early quintet fearlessly reinterpret its melody. The strolling "Doxy" and fleet, rollicking "Airegin" feature fluid interplay with sax giant Sonny Rollins.

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Great Stuff

I like this compilation because it doesn’t try to collect Miles’s entire career, and instead focuses on the two year period when he started putting together his first great quintet. If you think they sound good on this album you should hear them five years later on Kind of Blue, ’58 Sessions, and probably Cannonball Adderly’s Somethin’ Else. Also, did TheRealOhioPl think Miles Davis played the saxophone!? Please rate his review as unhelpful.

I like it!!!

Lately I've been expanding on what genre's of music I listen to, and I've been keeping a really open mind on music. So I wandered over here, in the Jazz section, and fell in love with jazz! Miles Davis' music is really relaxing and it overall musically amazing. I highly recommend anything by Miles Davis to people who just love music!

Even kids love him!!

I really love his music, one of my students wrote about him and told me that someday he wants to play just like Miles, he plays in the band at school. I was curious about Miles music and went on to find out about him, I totally loved his music from now on, I'm planning to get his music and play it in my classroom during morning work.


Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the...
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