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Even in the beginning he was already miles ahead Its very evident that Miles knew and lived by that old axiom if its named then its outmoded Miles Dewey Davis was born May 25 1926 in Alton Illinois and grew up in East St Louis Miles collected records and for his 13th birthday was given his first trumpet By age 16 Miles was playing professionally and received his first real taste of what playing jazz was like when Billy Eckstines band was traveling through and needed to replace a sick horn player At that time the band employed Diz and Bird and for two weeks Miles soaked it upUndoubtedly the fire had been ignited After high school Miles was off to study music and enrolled in Juilliard in September 1944 Practicing his ass off every day and feeding his mind every night Miles sound was taking shape As a sideman Miles recorded his first recording in New York with singer Rubberleggs Williams and later recorded Nows The Time Ko-Ko in Parkers quintet Miles Davis was known to the general public primarily as a trumpet player However in the world of music he had a great deal of influence not only as a innovative bandleader but also as a composer His music and style was important in the development of improvisational techniques incorporating modes rather than standard chord changes Miles experiments with modal playing reached its apotheosis in 1959 with his recording of Kind Of BlueBrought up in the Bebop tradition and taught under the auspice of Bird and others Miles was now ready to lead After a few solo records Miles transformed jazz into its next phase with his BIRTH OF THE COOL sessions which were recorded 1949-50 These sessions took Bebop with its fast running styled chords which changed on every beat to a more modal concept and chords that changed every other measure like in the tune Dig As a
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