Miles Davis

Miles Davis, 1926–91, American jazz musician, b. Alton, Ill. Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie Parker's bop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz in 1949–50, led numerous outstanding small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock music in the 1970s and 80s. Davis's trumpet and flügelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and were marked by a brilliant use of mutes. He made many recordings, which reflect his stylistic changes; Kind of Blue (1959), a landmark of modal jazz, has been a best-seller since it was issued.

See Miles: The Autobiography (1989, with Q. Troupe); biographies by I. Carr (1982), J. Chambers (2 vol., 1983–85), B. McRae (1988), and J. Szwed (2002); Q. Troupe, Miles and Me (2000).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Miles Davis: Selected full-text books and articles

Miles and Me By Quincy Troupe University of California Press, 2000
The History of Jazz By Ted Gioia Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Includes discussion of Miles Davis in multiple chapters
Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History By Robert Walser Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Chap. 56 "Miles Davis Speaks His Mind"
Prince of Darkness By Santoro, Gene The Nation, Vol. 253, No. 16, November 11, 1991
The Cowboy and the Dandy: Crossing over from Romanticism to Rock and Roll By Perry Meisel Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "Miles Apart?"
Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies By Robert G. O'Meally; Brent Hayes Edwards; Farah Jasmine Griffin Columbia University Press, 2004
Librarian's tip: "The Man" begins on p. 166
Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists By Michael Meckna Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian's tip: "Davis, Miles [DEWEY, III]" begins on p. 63
Jazz: Its Evolution and Essence By André Hodeir; David Noakes Grove Press, 1956
Librarian's tip: Chap. VIII "Miles Davis and the Cool Tendency"
Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, and Country Music By Gene Santoro Oxford University Press, 2004
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "Miles Davis"
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