Miles Davis

Mojo Presents... An Introduction to Miles Davis: 13 Classic Songs

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Who knows how on Earth they did it, but in this anthology of the recordings of Miles Davis, Mojo magazine, in association with Columbia Records, assembled a 13-cut collection that touches upon every aspect, every stage of Davis' celebrated and ultimately revolutionary career -- a life lived in jazz that either ushered in or was a major player in all the changes in the music from the time he arrived in the late '40s. He was with Charlie Parker during the bebop years; ushered in "cool" with his ensemble from 1949; brought hard bop into the music in the early '50s with John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley -- not to mention Bill Evans -- in the late '50s; and moved toward classical and jazz impressionism with Gil Evans, which got him noticed on college campuses all over the United States and Europe. For here it was modal with the Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter band; then toward the eclectic and electric with Joe Zawinul, Shorter, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, et al.; on into voodoo funk with Pete Cosey and Al Foster; and finally toward pop with his reading of "Time After Time," before he checked out. This little slab is perhaps the best introduction to Davis' music -- all of it -- in one volume. Sure, it is a bit scattered, but how could it not be? This is essential listening for anyone curious about the magic of the Dark Magus.

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