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“I Can See for Miles” reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In the US, it peaked at number 9, the group’s highest showing on the Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada, it reached number four. Though Townshend had high hopes for the single, it ended up charting lower than most of the group’s records up to that time. He wrote the song in 1966, but had held it back as an “ace in the hole”, believing it would be the Who’s first number-one single: “To me it was the ultimate Who record, yet it didn’t sell. I spat on the British record buyer”, Townshend later commented.
The song is ranked number 40 on Dave Marsh’s “The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made”, number 37 on NME’s “The Top 100 Singles of All-Time”, and number 162 on Pitchfork’s “The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s.” Billboard described the single as a “compelling off-beat number full of excitement and drive,” stating that a “strong dance beat supports smooth vocal blend with top production work.” Cash Box said that it’s a “solid, thumping, hard-driving, discotheque-styled rock stand” that’s “a real powerhouse.” In a review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger called “I Can See for Miles” “one of the greatest Who songs”, adding that it also features “one of Keith Moon’s greatest performances” and “one of the best drum parts ever on a rock record”. The song may have inspired the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”. Paul McCartney recalls writing “Helter Skelter” after reading a review of The Who Sell Out in which the critic claimed that “I Can See for Miles” was the “heaviest” song he had ever heard. McCartney had not heard the song but wrote “Helter Skelter” in an attempt to make an even “heavier” song than the one praised in the review, “to be the most raucous vocal, the loudest drums, et cetera”. It was ranked number 262 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list in 2010. In 2012, Paste ranked the song number four on their list of the 20 greatest The Who songs, and in 2022, Rolling Stone ranked the song number two on their list of the 50 greatest The Who songs. According to Acclaimed Music, it is the 350th most celebrated song in popular music history.”I Can See for Miles” is a song by the English rock band the Who, recorded for the band’s 1967 album The Who Sell Out. Written by guitarist Pete Townshend, it was the only song from the album to be released as a single.
Recorded in several separate sessions in studios across two continents, the recording of “I Can See for Miles” exemplifies the increasingly sophisticated studio techniques of rock bands in the late 1960s, such as those used for the Beatles and the Beach Boys. The backing tracks were recorded at CBS Studios in London, the vocals and overdubbing were performed at Talentmasters Studios in New York, and the single was mixed and mastered at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles. The initial UK mono pressing (Track Records) and the US Decca single has an overdubbed second bass line mixed upfront, whilst the drums are mixed slightly lower.
Roberto Concina (3 November 1969 – 9 May 2017), known professionally as Robert Miles, was a Swiss-Italian record producer, composer, musician and DJ. His 1995 composition “Children” sold more than 5 million copies and topped the charts worldwide.Miles became proficient at playing the piano during his youth in Friuli, Italy, in the small town of Fagagna, where his family moved when he was young, and had been in the music scene since 1984. He worked as a DJ in some Italian clubs and private radio networks, and in 1990 he used his savings to establish his own recording studio and a pirate radio station.
In 2012 Miles finished working on the soundtrack for the movie documentary The Turn of THIS Century, directed by Peter Beyak and featuring the photography of Life Magazine. He founded a new FM and online alternative radio station, Open Lab, broadcasting from Ibiza, a project bringing together culture, arts, media, technology and innovation.
Miles’ OpenLab station was taken off-air shortly afterwards, pending discussions on the future of the station. After receiving many messages from people expressing dismay at the station’s suspension, it was announced that the station would be returning soon in 2019, starting with a live radio stream in January 2019 and followed by a reboot to radio on 106.4 FM in Ibiza in April 2019.
After splitting from Deconstruction, BMG and his former management in London, he set up his own independent record label Salt Records (stylised as S:alt Records, with S:alt being short for suitably:alternative) in 2001 and released his third album, Organik, featuring the new single “Paths” with vocals provided by Nina Miranda of Smoke City. Guests on the album included Trilok Gurtu, Bill Laswell and Nitin Sawhney. Music from Organik was used on various movie soundtracks such as The Bourne Identity, Derrida, and City of Ghosts. It was licensed to Narada Productions’ Shakti Records label in the USA. In 2002, an album containing mainly remixes of songs found on Organik was released. The album, appropriately entitled Organik Remixes, contained remixes by the winners of the remixing contest held on Robert Miles’s Web site, as well as remixes from well-known artists such as Future Sound of London, Riton, and Alexkid among others. The album also had one new track, “Bhairav”, which featured the vocals of Amelia Cuni.
Why did Miles turn his back to the audience?
In later years, Miles played his trumpet with his back to the audience. This confused and angered some people who thought he did it because he was arrogant. But the real reason Miles played this way was because it made it easier for him to give cues and signals – when to play and what to play – to his band.
In 2004, Miles released Miles Gurtu, his fourth album, which was a collaboration with percussionist Trilok Gurtu and included jazz and electronica elements. Also guesting on the album were Nitin Sawhney, Jon Thorne, Mike Patto and Paul Falloon.In November 1997, Miles released another track, “Freedom”, which was one of the key tracks on his second album 23am, featuring vocals provided by Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge. Containing a different feel from the previously more club-oriented Dreamland, 23am incorporated more lyrics-driven songs than its predecessor while maintaining Miles’ trademark piano sound from the first album.
Miles’ fifth album, entitled Thirteen, was released worldwide on Salt Records in February 2011. For this album, Miles produced a blend of alternative and progressive rock with ambient and electronic soundscapes.
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While Miles is still at the center of the story, Gwen Stacy is given a much larger role this time, and some fans may be curious about the age difference between them – so, here’s how old she is.
We know Across the Spider-Verse takes place “one year and four months” after the first movie, as confirmed by Christopher Miller, and Miles confirms he’s now 15. We don’t know their exact birthdays, so Gwen could be 16 or 17 years old.
In our review, we wrote: “We are lucky to be living in an age where the power of animated superhero films is finally being realized, and with great power, comes great responsibility. So be responsible, and watch Across the Spider-Verse as soon as you can.”
Coming five years after the Oscar-winning Into the Spider-Verse, the sequel catapults Miles across the multiverse into the orbit of the “Spider Society”, a superhero collective in charge of protecting the fabric of reality across thousands of worlds – but they have a difference of opinion in how to save everyone.…in the United States (“I Can See for Miles,” released in 1967, was the group’s only Billboard top ten single). It was the 1969 rock opera Tommy—and a memorable performance at Woodstock that summer—that made the Who a world-class album-rock act. In the process, Townshend was recognized as one…
After taking part in the recording of the 1985 protest song “Sun City” as a member of Artists United Against Apartheid, Davis appeared on the instrumental “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Toto for their album Fahrenheit (1986). Davis collaborated with Prince on a song titled “Can I Play With U,” which went unreleased until 2020. Davis also collaborated with Zane Giles and Randy Hall on the Rubberband sessions in 1985 but those would remain unreleased until 2019. Instead, he worked with Marcus Miller, and Tutu (1986) became the first time he used modern studio tools such as programmed synthesizers, sampling, and drum loops. Released in September 1986, its front cover is a photographic portrait of Davis by Irving Penn. In 1987, he won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist. Also in 1987, Davis contacted American journalist Quincy Troupe to work with him on his autobiography. The two men had met the previous year when Troupe conducted a two-day-long interview, which was published by Spin as a 45-page article.
According to Davis, “By the age of 12, music had become the most important thing in my life.” On his thirteenth birthday his father bought him a new trumpet, and Davis began to play in local bands. He took additional trumpet lessons from Joseph Gustat, principal trumpeter of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Davis would also play the trumpet in talent shows he and his siblings would put on.
Who is Miles Morales girlfriend?
This dimension is home to an adult Miles and Gwen, who are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary and are currently away on a second honeymoon. Not only are they happily married, but they also have two kids together: son George Jefferson Maximilian “Max” Morales; and daughter Charlotte Morales.
This was music that polarized audiences, provoking boos and walk-outs amid the ecstasy of others. The length, density, and unforgiving nature of it mocked those who said that Miles was interested only in being trendy and popular. Some have heard in this music the feel and shape of a musician’s late work, an egoless music that precedes its creator’s death. As Theodor Adorno said of the late Beethoven, the disappearance of the musician into the work is a bow to mortality. It was as if Miles were testifying to all that he had been witness to for the past thirty years, both terrifying and joyful.In 1988, Davis had a small part as a street musician in the Christmas comedy film Scrooged starring Bill Murray. He also collaborated with Zucchero Fornaciari in a version of Dune Mosse (Blue’s), published in 2004 in Zu & Co. of the Italian bluesman. In November 1988 he was inducted into the Knights of Malta at a ceremony at the Alhambra Palace in Spain (this was part of the reasoning for his daughter’s decision to include the honorific “Sir” on his headstone). Later that month, Davis cut his European tour short after he collapsed and fainted after a two-hour show in Madrid and flew home. There were rumors of more poor health reported by the American magazine Star in its February 21, 1989, edition, which published a claim that Davis had contracted AIDS, prompting his manager Peter Shukat to issue a statement the following day. Shukat said Davis had been in the hospital for a mild case of pneumonia and the removal of a benign polyp on his vocal cords and was resting comfortably in preparation for his 1989 tours. Davis later blamed one of his former wives or girlfriends for starting the rumor and decided against taking legal action. He was interviewed on 60 Minutes by Harry Reasoner. In October 1989, he received a Grande Medaille de Vermeil from Paris mayor Jacques Chirac. In 1990, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In early 1991, he appeared in the Rolf de Heer film Dingo as a jazz musician.
In December 1948, Davis quit, saying he was not being paid. His departure began a period when he worked mainly as a freelancer and sideman. His nonet remained active until the end of 1949. After signing a contract with Capitol Records, they recorded sessions in January and April 1949, which sold little but influenced the “cool” or “west coast” style of jazz. The line-up changed throughout the year and included tuba player Bill Barber, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, pianist Al Haig, trombone players Mike Zwerin with Kai Winding, French horn players Junior Collins with Sandy Siegelstein and Gunther Schuller, and bassists Al McKibbon and Joe Shulman. One track featured singer Kenny Hagood. The presence of white musicians in the group angered some black players, many of whom were unemployed at the time, yet Davis rebuffed their criticisms. Recording sessions with the nonet for Capitol continued until April 1950. The Nonet recorded a dozen tracks which were released as singles and subsequently compiled on the 1957 album Birth of the Cool.
In 1984, Davis met 34-year-old sculptor Jo Gelbard. Gelbard would teach Davis how to paint; the two were frequent collaborators and were soon romantically involved. By 1985, Davis was diabetic and required daily injections of insulin. Davis became increasingly aggressive in his final year due in part to the medication he was taking, and his aggression manifested as violence towards Gelbard. Miles Davis is considered one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music. Based on professional rankings of his albums and songs, the aggregate website Acclaimed Music lists him as the 16th most acclaimed recording artist in history. The Guardian described him as “a pioneer of 20th-century music, leading many of the key developments in the world of jazz.” He has been called “one of the great innovators in jazz”, and had the titles Prince of Darkness and the Picasso of Jazz bestowed upon him. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll said, “Miles Davis played a crucial and inevitably controversial role in every major development in jazz since the mid-’40s, and no other jazz musician has had so profound an effect on rock. Miles Davis was the most widely recognized jazz musician of his era, an outspoken social critic and an arbiter of style—in attitude and fashion—as well as music.” In 1935, Davis received his first trumpet as a gift from John Eubanks, a friend of his father. He took lessons from “the biggest influence on my life,” Elwood Buchanan, a teacher and musician who was a patient of his father. His mother wanted him to play the violin instead. Against the fashion of the time, Buchanan stressed the importance of playing without vibrato and encouraged him to use a clear, mid-range tone. Davis said that whenever he started playing with heavy vibrato, Buchanan slapped his knuckles. In later years Davis said, “I prefer a round sound with no attitude in it, like a round voice with not too much tremolo and not too much bass. Just right in the middle. If I can’t get that sound I can’t play anything.” The family soon moved to 1701 Kansas Avenue in East St. Louis.On July 8, 1991, Davis returned to performing material from his past at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival with a band and orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones. The set consisted of arrangements from his albums recorded with Gil Evans. The show was followed by a concert billed as “Miles and Friends” at the Grande halle de la Villette in Paris two days later, with guest performances by musicians from throughout his career, including John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Zawinul. In Paris he was awarded a knighthood, the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by French Culture Minister, Jack Lang, who called him “the Picasso of Jazz.” After returning to America, he stopped in New York City to record material for Doo-Bop and then returned to California to play at the Hollywood Bowl on August 25, his final live performance.In 1957, Davis began a relationship with Frances Taylor, a dancer he had met in 1953 at Ciro’s in Los Angeles. They married in December 1959 in Toledo, Ohio. The relationship was marred by numerous incidents of domestic violence against Taylor. He later wrote, “Every time I hit her, I felt bad because a lot of it really wasn’t her fault but had to do with me being temperamental and jealous.” One theory for his behavior was that in 1963 he had increased his use of alcohol and cocaine to alleviate joint pain caused by sickle cell anemia. He hallucinated, “looking for this imaginary person” in his house while wielding a kitchen knife. Soon after the photograph for the album E.S.P. (1965) was taken, Taylor left him for the final time. She filed for divorce in 1966; it was finalized in February 1968.With encouragement from his teacher and girlfriend, Davis filled a vacant spot in the Rhumboogie Orchestra, also known as the Blue Devils, led by Eddie Randle. He became the band’s musical director, which involved hiring musicians and scheduling rehearsal. Years later, Davis considered this job one of the most important of his career. Sonny Stitt tried to persuade him to join the Tiny Bradshaw band, which was passing through town, but his mother insisted he finish high school before going on tour. He said later, “I didn’t talk to her for two weeks. And I didn’t go with the band either.” In January 1944, Davis finished high school and graduated in absentia in June. During the next month, his girlfriend gave birth to a daughter, Cheryl.By 1971, Davis had signed a contract with Columbia that paid him $100,000 a year (equivalent to $722,600 in 2022) for three years in addition to royalties. He recorded a soundtrack album (Jack Johnson) for the 1970 documentary film about heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, containing two long pieces of 25 and 26 minutes in length with Hancock, McLaughlin, Sonny Sharrock, and Billy Cobham. He was committed to making music for African-Am
ericans who liked more commercial, pop, groove-oriented music. By November 1971, DeJohnette and Moreira had been replaced in the touring ensemble by drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler and percussionists James Mtume and Don Alias. Live-Evil was released in the same month. Showcasing bassist Michael Henderson, who had replaced Holland in 1970, the album demonstrated that Davis’s ensemble had transformed into a funk-oriented group while retaining the exploratory imperative of Bitches Brew.
In early September 1991, Davis checked into St. John’s Hospital near his home in Santa Monica, California, for routine tests. Doctors suggested he have a tracheal tube implanted to relieve his breathing after repeated bouts of bronchial pneumonia. The suggestion provoked an outburst from Davis that led to an intracerebral hemorrhage followed by a coma. According to Jo Gelbard, on September 26, Davis painted his final painting, composed of dark, ghostly figures, dripping blood and “his imminent demise.” After several days on life support, his machine was turned off and he died on September 28, 1991, in the arms of Gelbard. He was 65 years old. His death was attributed to the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia, and respiratory failure. According to Troupe, Davis was taking azidothymidine (AZT), a type of antiretroviral drug used for the treatment of HIV and AIDS, during his treatments in the hospital. A funeral service was held on October 5, 1991, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Lexington Avenue in New York City that was attended by around 500 friends, family members, and musical acquaintances, with many fans standing in the rain. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City, with one of his trumpets, near the site of Duke Ellington’s grave.
In 2018, American rapper Q-Tip played Miles Davis in a theatre production, My Funny Valentine. Q-Tip had previously played Davis in 2010. In 2019, the documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, directed by Stanley Nelson, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It was later released on PBS’ American Masters series.After recording On the Corner, he assembled a group with Henderson, Mtume, Carlos Garnett, guitarist Reggie Lucas, organist Lonnie Liston Smith, tabla player Badal Roy, sitarist Khalil Balakrishna, and drummer Al Foster. Only Smith was a jazz instrumentalist; consequently, the music emphasized rhythmic density and shifting textures instead of solos. This group was recorded live in 1972 for In Concert, but Davis found it unsatisfactory, leading him to drop the tabla and sitar and play keyboards. He also added guitarist Pete Cosey. The compilation studio album Big Fun contains four long improvisations recorded between 1969 and 1972.
After a five-year retirement due to poor health, Davis resumed his career in the 1980s, employing younger musicians and pop sounds on albums such as The Man with the Horn (1981) and Tutu (1986). Critics were often unreceptive but the decade garnered Davis his highest level of commercial recognition. He performed sold-out concerts worldwide, while branching out into visual arts, film, and television work, before his death in 1991 from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure. In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as “one of the key figures in the history of jazz”. Rolling Stone described him as “the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, not to mention one of the most important musicians of the 20th century,” while Gerald Early called him inarguably one of the most influential and innovative musicians of that period.
Davis was born on May 26, 1926, to an affluent African-American family in Alton, Illinois, 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of St. Louis. He had an older sister, Dorothy Mae (1925-1996), and a younger brother, Vernon (1929-1999). His mother, Cleota Mae Henry of Arkansas, was a music teacher and violinist, and his father, Miles Dewey Davis Jr., also of Arkansas, was a dentist. They owned a 200-acre (81 ha) estate near Pine Bluff, Arkansas with a profitable pig farm. In Pine Bluff, he and his siblings fished, hunted, and rode horses. Davis’s grandparents were the owners of an Arkansas farm where he would spend many summers.
Does Miles love Gwen?
Right off the bat, the storyline shows Miles and Gwen amid a full-blown, romantic kiss in its opening panels, and then Miles recounts the events of what has taken place to his roommates. He even refers to Gwen Stacy as his, “Future wife. Or at least my future girlfriend. Definitely my future something.”
In January 1982, while Tyson was working in Africa, Davis “went a little wild” with alcohol and suffered a stroke that temporarily paralyzed his right hand. Tyson returned home and cared for him. After three months of treatment with a Chinese acupuncturist, he was able to play the trumpet again. He listened to his doctor’s warnings and gave up alcohol and drugs. He credited Tyson with helping his recovery, which involved exercise, piano playing, and visits to spas. She encouraged him to draw, which he pursued for the rest of his life.Davis accepted and worked with Gil Evans in what became a five-album collaboration from 1957 to 1962. Miles Ahead (1957) showcased Davis on flugelhorn and a rendition of “The Maids of Cadiz” by Léo Delibes, the first piece of classical music that Davis recorded. Evans devised orchestral passages as transitions, thus turning the album into one long piece of music. Porgy and Bess (1959) includes arrangements of pieces from George Gershwin’s opera. Sketches of Spain (1960) contained music by Joaquín Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla and originals by Evans. The classical musicians had trouble improvising, while the jazz musicians couldn’t handle the difficult arrangements, but the album was a critical success, selling over 120,000 copies in the US. Davis performed with an orchestra conducted by Evans at Carnegie Hall in May 1961 to raise money for charity. The pair’s final album was Quiet Nights (1963), a collection of bossa nova songs released against their wishes. Evans stated it was only half an album and blamed the record company; Davis blamed producer Teo Macero and refused to speak to him for more than two years. The boxed set Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (1996) won the Grammy Award for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes in 1997.
His approach, owing largely to the African-American performance tradition that focused on individual expression, emphatic interaction, and creative response to shifting contents, had a profound impact on generations of jazz musicians. In 2016, digital publication The Pudding, in an article examining Davis’s legacy, found that 2,452 Wikipedia pages mention Davis, with over 286 citing him as an influence.
Davis resumed touring in May 1982 with a line-up that included percussionist Mino Cinelu and guitarist John Scofield, with whom he worked closely on the album Star People (1983). In mid-1983, he worked on the tracks for Decoy, an album mixing soul music and electronica that was released in 1984. He brought in producer, composer, and keyboardist Robert Irving III, who had collaborated with him on The Man with the Horn. With a seven-piece band that included Scofield, Evans, Irving, Foster, and Darryl Jones, he played a series of European performances that were positively received. In December 1984, while in Denmark, he was awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg had written “Aura”, a contemporary classical piece, for the event which impressed Davis to the point of returning to Denmark in early 1985 to record his next studio album, Aura. Columbia was dissatisfied with the recording and delayed its release.
Who recorded I Can See for Miles?
the Who “I Can See for Miles” is a song by the English rock band the Who, recorded for the band’s 1967 album The Who Sell Out. CachedSimilar
Born in Alton, Illinois, and raised in East St. Louis, Davis left to study at Juilliard in New York City, before dropping out and making his professional debut as a member of saxophonist Charlie Parker’s bebop quintet from 1944 to 1948. Shortly after, he recorded the Birth of the Cool sessions for Capitol Records, which were instrumental to the development of cool jazz. In the early 1950s, Davis recorded some of the earliest hard bop music while on Prestige Records but did so haphazardly due to a heroin addiction. After a widely acclaimed comeback performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, he signed a long-term contract with Columbia Records, and recorded the album ‘Round About Midnight in 1955. It was his first work with saxophonist John Coltrane and bassist Paul Chambers, key members of the sextet he led into the early 1960s. During this period, he alternated between orchestral jazz collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, such as the Spanish music-influenced Sketches of Spain (1960), and band recordings, such as Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959). The latter recording remains one of the most popular jazz albums of all time, having sold over five million copies in the U.S.
When did Miles lose his voice?
October 1955 Davis had an operation to remove polyps from his larynx in October 1955. The doctors told him to remain silent after the operation, but he got into an argument that permanently damaged his vocal cords and gave him a raspy voice for the rest of his life.
In 2001, The Miles Davis Story, a two-hour documentary film by Mike Dibb, won an International Emmy Award for arts documentary of the year. Since 2005, the Miles Davis Jazz Committee has held an annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival. Also in 2005, a London exhibition was held of his paintings, The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991′ was released detailing his final years and eight of his albums from the 1960s and 1970s were reissued in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his signing to Columbia Records. In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service issued commemorative stamps featuring Davis.
In September 1944, Davis accepted his father’s idea of studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After passing the audition, he attended classes in music theory, piano and dictation. Davis often skipped his classes.
Many books and documentaries focus on his work before 1975. According to an article by The Independent, from 1975 onwards a decline in critical praise for Davis’s output began to form, with many viewing the era as “worthless”: “There is a surprisingly widespread view that, in terms of the merits of his musical output, Davis might as well have died in 1975.” In a 1982 interview in DownBeat, Wynton Marsalis said: “They call Miles’s stuff jazz. That stuff is not jazz, man. Just because somebody played jazz at one time, that doesn’t mean they’re still playing it.” Despite his contempt for Davis’ later work, Marsalis’ work is “laden with ironic references to Davis’ music of the ’60s”. Davis did not necessarily disagree; lambasting what he saw as Marsalis’s stylistic conservatism, Davis said “Jazz is dead … it’s finito! It’s over and there’s no point apeing the shit.” Writer Stanley Crouch criticized Davis’s work from In a Silent Way onwards.Davis was a member of Billy Eckstine’s big band in 1946 and Gillespie’s in 1947. He joined a quintet led by Parker that also included Max Roach. Together they performed live with Duke Jordan and Tommy Potter for much of the year, including several studio sessions. In one session that May, Davis wrote the tune “Cheryl”, for his daughter. Davis’s first session as a leader followed in August 1947, playing as the Miles Davis All Stars that included Parker, pianist John Lewis, and bassist Nelson Boyd; they recorded “Milestones”, “Half Nelson”, and “Sippin’ at Bells”. After touring Chicago and Detroit with Parker’s quintet, Davis returned to New York City in March 1948 and joined the Jazz at the Philharmonic tour, which included a stop in St. Louis on April 30.
Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.Davis gained a reputation for being cold, distant, and easily angered. He wrote that in 1954 Sugar Ray Robinson “was the most important thing in my life besides music”, and he adopted Robinson’s “arrogant attitude”. He showed contempt for critics and the press. In 1964, Coleman was briefly replaced by saxophonist Sam Rivers (who recorded with Davis on Miles in Tokyo) until Wayne Shorter was persuaded to leave Art Blakey. The quintet with Shorter lasted through 1968, with the saxophonist becoming the group’s principal composer. The album E.S.P. (1965) was named after his composition. While touring Europe, the group made its first album, Miles in Berlin (1965). In January 1966, Davis spent three months in the hospital with a liver infection. When he resumed touring, he performed more at colleges because he had grown tired of the typical jazz venues. Columbia president Clive Davis reported in 1966 his sales had declined to around 40,000–50,000 per album, compared to as many as 100,000 per release a few years before. Matters were not helped by the press reporting his apparent financial troubles and imminent demise. After his appearance at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival, he returned to the studio with his quintet for a series of sessions. He started a relationship with actress Cicely Tyson, who helped him reduce his alcohol consumption.
What year was I Can See for Miles released?
1967I Can See for Miles / Released …in the United States (“I Can See for Miles,” released in 1967, was the group’s only Billboard top ten single).
In September 1968, Davis married 23-year-old model and songwriter Betty Mabry. In his autobiography, Davis described her as a “high-class groupie, who was very talented but who didn’t believe in her own talent”. Mabry, a familiar face in the New York City counterculture, introduced Davis to popular rock, soul, and funk musicians. Jazz critic Leonard Feather visited Davis’s apartment and was shocked to find him listening to albums by The Byrds, Aretha Franklin, and Dionne Warwick. He also liked James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Jimi Hendrix, whose group Band of Gypsys particularly impressed Davis. Davis filed for divorce from Mabry in 1969, after accusing her of having an affair with Hendrix. Late in his life, from the “electric period” onwards, Davis repeatedly explained his reasons for not wishing to perform his earlier works, such as Birth of the Cool or Kind of Blue. In his view, remaining stylistically static was the wrong option. He commented: “‘So What’ or Kind of Blue, they were done in that era, the right hour, the right day, and it happened. It’s over … What I used to play with Bill Evans, all those different modes, and substitute chords, we had the energy then and we liked it. But I have no feel for it anymore, it’s more like warmed-over turkey.” When Shirley Horn insisted in 1990 that Miles reconsider playing the ballads and modal tunes of his Kind of Blue period, he said: “Nah, it hurts my lip.” Bill Evans, who played piano on Kind of Blue, said: “I would like to hear more of the consummate melodic master, but I feel that big business and his record company have had a corrupting influence on his material. The rock and pop thing certainly draws a wider audience.” Throughout his later career, Davis declined offers to reinstate his 1960s quintet. In May 1985, one month into a tour, Davis signed a contract with Warner Bros. that required him to give up his publishing rights. You’re Under Arrest, his final album for Columbia, was released in September. It included cover versions of two pop songs: “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”. He considered releasing an album of pop songs, and he recorded dozens of them, but the idea was rejected. He said that many of today’s jazz standards had been pop songs in Broadway theater and that he was simply updating the standards repertoire.
After returning to New York, Davis revived his quintet with Adderley and Coltrane, who was clean from his drug habit. Now a sextet, the group recorded material in early 1958 that was released on Milestones, an album that demonstrated Davis’s interest in modal jazz. A performance by Les Ballets Africains drew him to slower, deliberate music that allowed the creation of solos from harmony rather than chords.
George Avakian of Columbia Records heard Davis perform at Newport and wanted to sign him to the label. Davis had one year left on his contract with Prestige, which required him to release four more albums. He signed a contract with Columbia that included a $4,000 advance (equivalent to $43,700 in 2022) and required that his recordings for Columbia remain unreleased until his agreement with Prestige expired.Released in August 1959, Kind of Blue was an instant success, with widespread radio airplay and rave reviews from critics. It has remained a strong seller over the years. By November 2019, the album reached 5× platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over five million copies in the US, making it one of the most successful jazz albums in history. In 2009, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution that honored it as a national treasure.
Davis supported his heroin habit by playing music and by living the life of a hustler, exploiting prostitutes, and receiving money from friends. By 1953, his addiction began to impair his playing. His drug habit became public in a DownBeat interview with Cab Calloway, whom he never forgave as it brought him “all pain and suffering”. He returned to St. Louis and stayed with his father for several months. After a brief period with Roach and Mingus in September 1953, he returned to his father’s home, where he concentrated on addressing his addiction.In March 1970, Davis began to perform as the opening act for rock bands, allowing Columbia to market Bitches Brew to a larger audience. He shared a Fillmore East bill with the Steve Miller Band and Neil Young with Crazy Horse on March 6 and 7. Biographer Paul Tingen wrote, “Miles’ newcomer status in this environment” led to “mixed audience reactions, often having to play for dramatically reduced fees, and enduring the ‘sell-out’ accusations from the jazz world”, as well as being “attacked by sections of the black press for supposedly genuflecting to white culture”. The 1970 tours included the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival on August 29 when he performed to an estimated 600,000 people, the largest of his career. Plans to record with Hendrix ended after the guitarist’s death; his funeral was the last one that Davis attended. Several live albums with a transitional sextet/septet including Corea, DeJohnette, Holland, Moreira, saxophonist Steve Grossman, and keyboardist Keith Jarrett were recorded during this period, including Miles Davis at Fillmore (1970) and Black Beauty: Miles Davis at Fillmore West (1973).Davis lived in Detroit for about six months, avoiding New York City, where it was easy to get drugs. Though he used heroin, he was still able to perform locally with Elvin Jones and Tommy Flanagan as part of Billy Mitchell’s house band at the Blue Bird club. He was also “pimping a little”. However, he was able to end his addiction, and, in February 1954, Davis returned to New York City, feeling good “for the first time in a long time”, mentally and physically stronger, and joined a gym. He informed Weinstock and Blue Note that he was ready to record with a quintet, which he was granted. He considered the albums that resulted from these and earlier sessions – Miles Davis Quartet and Miles Davis Volume 2 – “very important” because he felt his performances were particularly strong. He was paid roughly $750 (equivalent to $8,200 in 2022) for each album and refused to give away his publishing rights.
In 1945, Davis replaced Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s quintet. On November 26, he participated in several recording sessions as part of Parker’s group Reboppers that also involved Gillespie and Max Roach, displaying hints of the style he would become known for. On Parker’s tune “Now’s the Time”, Davis played a solo that anticipated cool jazz. He next joined a big band led by Benny Carter, performing in St. Louis and remaining with the band in California. He again played with Parker and Gillespie. In Los Angeles, Parker had a nervous breakdown that put him in the hospital for several months. In March 1946, Davis played in studio sessions with Parker and began a collaboration with bassist Charles Mingus that summer. Cawthon gave birth to Davis’s second child, Gregory, in East St. Louis before reuniting with Davis in New York City the following year. Davis noted that by this time, “I was still so much into the music that I was even ignoring Irene.” He had also turned to alcohol and cocaine.
In 1978, Davis asked fusion guitarist Larry Coryell to participate in sessions with keyboardists Masabumi Kikuchi and George Pavlis, bassist T. M. Stevens, and drummer Al Foster. Davis played the arranged piece uptempo, abandoned his trumpet for the organ, and had Macero record the session without the band’s knowledge. After Coryell declined a spot in a band that Davis was beginning to put together, Davis returned to his reclusive lifestyle in New York City. Soon after, Marguerite Eskridge had Davis jailed for failing to pay child support for their son Erin, which cost him $10,000 (equivalent to $44,870 in 2022) for release on bail. A recording session that involved Buckmaster and Gil Evans was halted, with Evans leaving after failing to receive the payment he was promised. In August 1978, Davis hired a new manager, Mark Rothbaum, who had worked with him since 1972.In January 1951, Davis’s fortunes improved when he signed a one-year contract with Prestige after owner Bob Weinstock became a fan of the nonet. Davis chose Lewis, trombonist Bennie Green, bassist Percy Heath, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and drummer Roy Haynes; they recorded what became part of Miles Davis and Horns (1956). Davis was hired for other studio dates in 1951 and began to transcribe scores for record labels to fund his heroin addiction. His second session for Prestige was released on The New Sounds (1951), Dig (1956), and Conception (1956).
Davis followed Tutu with Amandla (1989) and soundtracks to four films: Street Smart, Siesta, The Hot Spot, and Dingo. His last albums were released posthumously: the hip hop-influenced Doo-Bop (1992) and Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux (1993), a collaboration with Quincy Jones from the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival where, for the first time in three decades, he performed songs from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain.
In a Silent Way was recorded in a single studio session in February 1969, with Shorter, Hancock, Holland, and Williams alongside keyboardists Chick Corea and Josef Zawinul and guitarist John McLaughlin. The album contains two side-long tracks that Macero pieced together from different takes recorded at the session. When the album was released later that year, some critics accused him of “selling out” to the rock and roll audience. Nevertheless, it reached number 134 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart, his first album since My Funny Valentine to reach the chart. In a Silent Way was his entry into jazz fusion. The touring band of 1969–1970—with Shorter, Corea, Holland, and DeJohnette—never completed a studio recording together, and became known as Davis’s “lost quintet”, though radio broadcasts from the band’s European tour have been extensively bootlegged.In mid-1945, Davis failed to register for the year’s autumn term at Juilliard and dropped out after three semesters because he wanted to perform full-time. Years later he criticized Juilliard for concentrating too much on classical European and “white” repertoire, but he praised the school for teaching him music theory and improving his trumpet technique. At the time of his death, Davis’s estate was valued at more than $1 million (equivalent to roughly $2.1 million in 2022). In his will, Davis left 20 percent to his daughter Cheryl Davis; 40 percent to his son Erin Davis; 10 percent to his nephew Vincent Wilburn Jr. and 15 percent each to his brother Vernon Davis and his sister Dorothy Wilburn. He excluded his two sons Gregory and Miles IV. At the request of Avakian, he formed the Miles Davis Quintet for a performance at Café Bohemia. The quintet contained Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on double bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Rollins was replaced by John Coltrane, completing the membership of the first quintet. To fulfill Davis’ contract with Prestige, this new group worked through two marathon sessions in May and October 1956 that were released by the label as four LPs: Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (1957), Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (1958), Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (1960) and Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (1961). Each album was critically acclaimed and helped establish Davis’s quintet as one of the best.In November 1957, Davis went to Paris and recorded the soundtrack to Ascenseur pour l’échafaud. directed by
Louis Malle and starring Jeanne Moreau. Consisting of French jazz musicians Barney Wilen, Pierre Michelot, and René Urtreger, and American drummer Kenny Clarke, the group avoided a written score and instead improvised while they watched the film in a recording studio.
Miles in the Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro—which tentatively introduced electric bass, electric piano, and electric guitar on some tracks—pointed the way to the fusion phase of Davis’s career. He also began experimenting with more rock-oriented rhythms on these records. By the time the second half of Filles de Kilimanjaro was recorded, bassist Dave Holland and pianist Chick Corea had replaced Carter and Hancock. Davis soon took over the compositional duties of his sidemen.
Davis abandoned the bebop style and turned to the music of pianist Ahmad Jamal, whose approach and use of space influenced him. When he returned to the studio in June 1955 to record The Musings of Miles, he wanted a pianist like Jamal and chose Red Garland. Blue Haze (1956), Bags’ Groove (1957), Walkin’ (1957), and Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1959) documented the evolution of his sound with the Harmon mute placed close to the microphone, and the use of more spacious and relaxed phrasing. He assumed a central role in hard bop, less radical in harmony and melody, and used popular songs and American standards as starting points for improvisation. Hard bop distanced itself from cool jazz with a harder beat and music inspired by the blues. A few critics consider Walkin’ (April 1954) the album that created the hard bop genre.Davis made several line-up changes while recording Someday My Prince Will Come (1961), his 1961 Blackhawk concerts, and Seven Steps to Heaven (1963), another mainstream success that introduced bassist Ron Carter, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Tony Williams. After adding saxophonist Wayne Shorter to his new quintet in 1964, Davis led them on a series of more abstract recordings often composed by the band members, helping pioneer the post-bop genre with albums such as E.S.P (1965) and Miles Smiles (1967), before transitioning into his electric period. During the 1970s, he experimented with rock, funk, African rhythms, emerging electronic music technology, and an ever-changing line-up of musicians, including keyboardist Joe Zawinul, drummer Al Foster, and guitarist John McLaughlin. This period, beginning with Davis’s 1969 studio album In a Silent Way and concluding with the 1975 concert recording Agharta, was the most controversial in his career, alienating and challenging many in jazz. His million-selling 1970 record Bitches Brew helped spark a resurgence in the genre’s commercial popularity with jazz fusion as the decade progressed. In December 1962, Davis, Kelly, Chambers, Cobb, and Rollins played together for the last time as the first three wanted to leave and play as a trio. Rollins left them soon after, leaving Davis to pay over $25,000 (equivalent to $241,900 in 2022) to cancel upcoming gigs and quickly assemble a new group. Following auditions, he found his new band in tenor saxophonist George Coleman, bassist Ron Carter, pianist Victor Feldman, and drummer Frank Butler. By May 1963, Feldman and Butler were replaced by 23-year-old pianist Herbie Hancock and 17-year-old drummer Tony Williams who made Davis “excited all over again”. With this group, Davis completed the rest of what became Seven Steps to Heaven (1963) and recorded the live albums Miles Davis in Europe (1964), My Funny Valentine (1965), and Four & More (1966). The quintet played essentially the same bebop tunes and standards that Davis’s previous bands had played, but they approached them with structural and rhythmic freedom and occasionally breakneck speed. On November 5, 2009, U.S. Representative John Conyers of Michigan sponsored a measure in the United States House of Representatives to commemorate Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary. The measure also affirms jazz as a national treasure and “encourages the United States government to preserve and advance the art form of jazz music”. It passed with a vote of 409–0 on December 15, 2009. The trumpet Davis used on the recording is displayed on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It was donated to the school by Arthur “Buddy” Gist, who met Davis in 1949 and became a close friend. The gift was the reason why the jazz program at UNCG is named the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program.
Why does Miles use his moms name?
Incredibly, the stories give much more attention to the fact that Miles is given his mother’s last name. The multiple explanations include that his father didn’t want to burden his son with his criminal past, or that it would just be plain silly to have his son share his name with the jazz musician Miles Davis.
In August 1959, during a break in a recording session at the Birdland nightclub in New York City, Davis was escorting a blonde-haired woman to a taxi outside the club when policeman Gerald Kilduff told him to “move on”. Davis said that he was working at the club, and he refused to move. Kilduff arrested and grabbed Davis as he tried to protect himself. Witnesses said the policeman hit Davis in the stomach with a nightstick without provocation. Two detectives held the crowd back, while a third approached Davis from behind and beat him over the head. Davis was taken to jail, charged with assaulting an officer, then taken to the hospital where he received five stitches. By January 1960, he was acquitted of disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. He later stated the incident “changed my whole life and whole attitude again, made me feel bitter and cynical again when I was starting to feel good about the things that had changed in this country”.Davis began performing at clubs on 52nd Street with Coleman Hawkins and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. He recorded for the first time on April 24, 1945, when he entered the studio as a sideman for Herbie Fields’s band. During the next year, he recorded as a leader for the first time with the Miles Davis Sextet plus Earl Coleman and Ann Baker, one of the few times he accompanied a singer. In July 1944, Billy Eckstine visited St. Louis with a band that included Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. Trumpeter Buddy Anderson was too sick to perform, so Davis was invited to join. He played with the band for two weeks at Club Riviera. After playing with these musicians, he was certain he should move to New York City, “where the action was”. His mother wanted him to go to Fisk University, like his sister, and study piano or violin. Davis had other interests. Miles Ahead was a 2015 American music film directed by Don Cheadle, co-written by Cheadle with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson, which interprets the life and compositions of Davis. It premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2015. The film stars Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi as Frances Taylor, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Lakeith Stanfield. That same year a statue of him was erected in his home city, Alton, Illinois and listeners of BBC Radio and Jazz FM voted Davis the greatest jazz musician. Publications such as The Guardian have also ranked Davis amongst the best of all jazz musicians.In his autobiography, Davis wrote frankly about his life during his hiatus from music. He called his Upper West Side brownstone a wreck and chronicled his heavy use of alcohol and cocaine, in addition to sexual encounters with many women. He also stated that “Sex and drugs took the place music had occupied in my life.” Drummer Tony Williams recalled that by noon (on average) Davis would be sick from the previous night’s intake.
For the double album Bitches Brew (1970), he hired Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, and Bennie Maupin. The album contained long compositions, some over twenty minutes, that were never played in the studio but were constructed from several takes by Macero and Davis via splicing and tape loops amid epochal advances in multitrack recording technologies. Bitches Brew peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Album chart. In 1976, it was certified gold for selling over 500,000 records. By 2003, it had sold one million copies.
How old is Miles dead?
Death. Miles died from cancer in Ibiza, Spain, on 9 May 2017 at the age of 47.
In 1941, the 15-year-old attended East St. Louis Lincoln High School, where he joined the marching band directed by Buchanan and entered music competitions. Years later, Davis said that he was discriminated against in these competitions due to his race, but he added that these experiences made him a better musician. When a drummer asked him to play a certain passage of music, and he couldn’t do it, he began to learn music theory. “I went and got everything, every book I could get to learn about theory.” At Lincoln, Davis met his first girlfriend, Irene Birth (later Cawthon). He had a band that performed at the Elks Club. Part of his earnings paid for his sister’s education at Fisk University. Davis befriended trumpeter Clark Terry, who suggested he play without vibrato, and performed with him for several years. Having played the trumpet little throughout the previous three years, Davis found it difficult to reclaim his embouchure. His first post-hiatus studio appearance took place in May 1980. A day later, Davis was hospitalized due to a leg infection. He recorded The Man with the Horn from June 1980 to May 1981 with Macero producing. A large band was abandoned in favor of a combo with saxophonist Bill Evans and bassist Marcus Miller. Both would collaborate with him during the next decade. In December 1975, he had regained enough strength to undergo a much needed hip replacement operation. In December 1976, Columbia was reluctant to renew his contract and pay his usual large advances. But after his lawyer started negotiating with United Artists, Columbia matched their offer, establishing the Miles Davis Fund to pay him regularly. Pianist Vladimir Horowitz was the only other musician with Columbia who had a similar status.The following list intends to outline Davis’ major works, particularly studio albums. A more comprehensive discography can be found at the main article. By May 1958, he had replaced Jones with drummer Jimmy Cobb, and Garland left the group, leaving Davis to play piano on “Sid’s Ahead” for Milestones. He wanted someone who could play modal jazz, so he hired Bill Evans, a young pianist with a background in classical music. Evans had an impressionistic approach to piano. His ideas greatly influenced Davis. But after eight months of touring, a tired Evans left. Wynton Kelly, his replacement, brought to the group a swinging style that contrasted with Evans’s delicacy. The sextet made their recording debut on Jazz Track (1958). In 1956, he left his quintet temporarily to tour Europe as part of the Birdland All-Stars, which included the Modern Jazz Quartet and French and German musicians. In Paris, he reunited with Gréco and they “were lovers for many years”. He then returned home, reunited his quintet and toured the US for two months. Conflict arose on tour when he grew impatient with the drug habits of Jones and Coltrane. Davis was trying to live a healthier life by exercising and reducing his alcohol. But he continued to use cocaine. At the end of the tour, he fired Jones and Coltrane and replaced them with Sonny Rollins and Art Taylor.Davis needed medical attention for hip pain, which had worsened since his Japanese tour during the previous year. He underwent hip replacement surgery in April 1965, with bone taken from his shin, but it failed. After his third month in the hospital, he discharged himself due to boredom and went home. He returned to the hospital in August after a fall required the insertion of a plastic hip joint. In November 1965, he had recovered enough to return to performing with his quintet, which included gigs at the Plugged Nickel in Chicago. Teo Macero returned as his record producer after their rift over Quiet Nights had healed.
In July 1955, Davis’s fortunes improved considerably when he played at the Newport Jazz Festival, with a line-up of Monk, Heath, drummer Connie Kay, and horn players Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan. The performance was praised by critics and audiences alike, who considered it to be a highlight of the festival as well as helping Davis, the least well known musician in the group, to increase his popularity among affluent white audiences. He tied with Dizzy Gillespie for best trumpeter in the 1955 DownBeat magazine Readers’ Poll.
Much of Davis’s time was spent in clubs seeking his idol, Charlie Parker. According to Davis, Coleman Hawkins told him “finish your studies at Juilliard and forget Bird [Parker]”. After finding Parker, he joined a cadre of regulars at Minton’s and Monroe’s in Harlem who held jam sessions every night. The other regulars included J. J. Johnson, Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro, and Freddie Webster. Davis reunited with Cawthon and their daughter when they moved to New York City. Parker became a roommate. Around this time Davis was paid an allowance of $40 (equivalent to $660 in 2022).
Davis and his sextet toured to support Kind of Blue. He persuaded Coltrane to play with the group on one final European tour in the spring of 1960. Coltrane then departed to form his quartet, though he returned for some tracks on Davis’s album Someday My Prince Will Come (1961). Its front cover shows a photograph of his wife, Frances Taylor, after Davis demanded that Columbia depict black women on his album covers.
After returning from Paris in mid-1949, he became depressed and found little work except a short engagement with Powell in October and guest spots in New York City, Chicago, and Detroit until January 1950. He was falling behind in hotel rent and attempts were made to repossess his car. His heroin use became an expensive addiction, and Davis, not yet 24 years old, “lost my sense of discipline, lost my sense of control over my life, and started to drift”. In August 1950, Cawthon gave birth to Davis’s second son, Miles IV. Davis befriended boxer Johnny Bratton which began his interest in the sport. Davis left Cawthon and his three children in New York City in the hands of his friend, jazz singer Betty Carter. He toured with Eckstine and Billie Holiday and was arrested for heroin possession in Los Angeles. The story was reported in DownBeat magazine, which led to a further reduction in work, though he was acquitted weeks later. By the 1950s, Davis had become more skilled and was experimenting with the middle register of the trumpet alongside harmonies and rhythms.
Did Miles have a crush on Gwen?
In ‘Into the Spider-Verse,’ we see Miles having a crush on Gwen, and it seems he holds those feelings even a year after the collider incident.
In 1986, the New England Conservatory awarded Davis an honorary doctorate for his contributions to music. Since 1960 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) honored him with eight Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards.In October 1969, Davis was shot at five times while in his car with one of his two lovers, Marguerite Eskridge. The incident left him with a graze and Eskridge unharmed. In 1970, Marguerite gave birth to their son Erin. By 1979, Davis rekindled his relationship with actress Cicely Tyson, who helped him to overcome his cocaine addiction and regain his enthusiasm for music. The two married in November 1981, but their tumultuous marriage ended with Tyson filing for divorce in 1988, which was finalized in 1989.
In 1927, the family moved to East St. Louis, Illinois. They lived on the second floor of a commercial building behind a dental office in a predominantly white neighborhood. Davis’s father would soon become distant to his children as the Great Depression caused him to become increasingly consumed by his job; typically working six days a week. From 1932 to 1934, Davis attended John Robinson Elementary School, an all-black school, then Crispus Attucks, where he performed well in mathematics, music, and sports. Davis had previously attended Catholic school. At an early age he liked music, especially blues, big bands, and gospel.
The style of the group was an extension of their experience playing with Davis. He played long, legato, melodic lines, while Coltrane contrasted with energetic solos. Their live repertoire was a mix of bebop, standards from the Great American Songbook and pre-bop eras, and traditional tunes. They appeared on ‘Round About Midnight, Davis’s first album for Columbia.
The Man with the Horn received a poor critical reception despite selling well. In June 1981, Davis returned to the stage for the first time since 1975 in a ten-minute guest solo as part of Mel Lewis’s band at the Village Vanguard. This was followed by appearances with a new band. Recordings from a mixture of dates from 1981, including from the Kix in Boston and Avery Fisher Hall, were released on We Want Miles, which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Soloist.
In August 1948, Davis declined an offer to join Duke Ellington’s orchestra as he had entered rehearsals with a nine-piece band featuring baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and arrangements by Gil Evans, taking an active role on what soon became his own project. Evans’ Manhattan apartment had become the meeting place for several young musicians and composers such as Davis, Roach, Lewis, and Mulligan who were unhappy with the increasingly virtuoso instrumental techniques that dominated bebop. These gatherings led to the formation of the Miles Davis Nonet, which included atypical modern jazz instruments such as French horn and tuba, leading to a thickly textured, almost orchestral sound. The intent was to imitate the human voice through carefully arranged compositions and a relaxed, melodic approach to improvisation. In September, the band completed their sole engagement as the opening band for Count Basie at the Royal Roost for two weeks. Davis had to persuade the venue’s manager to write the sign “Miles Davis Nonet. Arrangements by Gil Evans, John Lewis and Gerry Mulligan”. Davis returned to Parker’s quintet, but relationships within the quintet were growing tense mainly due to Parker’s erratic behavior caused by his drug addiction. Early in his time with Parker, Davis abstained from drugs, chose a vegetarian diet, and spoke of the benefits of water and juice.
Material from the 1966–1968 sessions was released on Miles Smiles (1966), Sorcerer (1967), Nefertiti (1967), Miles in the Sky (1968), and Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968). The quintet’s approach to the new music became known as “time no changes”—which referred to Davis’s decision to depart from chordal sequences and adopt a more open approach, with the rhythm section responding to the soloists’ melodies. Through Nefertiti the studio recordings consisted primarily of originals composed by Shorter, with occasional compositions by the other sidemen. In 1967, the group began to play their concerts in continuous sets, each tune flowing into the next, with only the melody indicating any sort of change. His bands performed this way until his hiatus in 1975. Davis has, however, been subject to criticism. In 1990, writer Stanley Crouch, a prominent critic of jazz fusion, labelled Davis “the most brilliant sellout in the history of jazz,” A 1993 essay by Robert Walser in The Musical Quarterly claims that “Davis has long been infamous for missing more notes than any other major trumpet player.” Also in the essay is a quote by music critic James Lincoln Collier who states that “if his influence was profound, the ultimate value of his work is another matter,” and calls Davis an “adequate instrumentalist” but “not a great one.” In 2013, The A.V. Club published an article titled “Miles Davis beat his wives and made beautiful music”. In the article, writer Sonia Saraiya praises Davis as a musician, but criticizes him as a person, in particular, his abuse of his wives. Others, such as Francis Davis, have criticized his treatment of women, describing it as “contemptible”. Davis collaborated with a number of figures from the British post-punk and new wave movements during this period, including Scritti Politti. This period also saw Davis move from his funk inspired sound of the early 1970s to a more melodic style.In March and April 1959, Davis recorded what some consider his greatest album, Kind of Blue. He named the album for its mood. He called back Bill Evans, as the music had been planned around Evans’s piano style. Both Davis and Evans were familiar with George Russell’s ideas about modal jazz. But Davis neglected to tell pianist Wynton Kelly that Evans was returning, so Kelly appeared on only one song, “Freddie Freeloader”. The sextet had played “So What” and “All Blues” at performances, but the remaining three compositions they saw for the first time in the studio.Davis had an operation to remove polyps from his larynx in October 1955. The doctors told him to remain silent after the operation, but he got into an argument that permanently damaged his vocal cords and gave him a raspy voice for the rest of his life. He was called the “prince of darkness”, adding a patina of mystery to his public persona.
William Ruhlmann of AllMusic wrote, “To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-1940s to the early 1990s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the music during that period … It can even be argued that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn’t there to push it forward.” Francis Davis of The Atlantic noted that Davis’s career can be seen as “an ongoing critique of bebop: the origins of ‘cool’ jazz…, hard bop, or ‘funky’…, modal improvisation…, and jazz-rock fusion… can be traced to his efforts to tear bebop down to its essentials.”By early 1957, Davis was exhausted from recording and touring and wished to pursue new projects. In March, the 30-year-old Davis told journalists of his intention to retire soon and revealed offers he had received to teach at Harvard University and be a musical director at a record label. Avakian agreed that it was time for Davis to explore something different, but Davis rejected his suggestion of returning to his nonet as he considered that a step backward. Avakian then suggested that he work with a bigger ensemble, similar to Music for Brass (1957), an album of orchestral and brass-arranged music led by Gunther Schuller featuring Davis as a guest soloist.
In May 1949, Davis performed with the Tadd Dameron Quintet with Kenny Clarke and James Moody at the Paris International Jazz Festival. On his first trip abroad Davis took a strong liking to Paris and its cultural environment, where he felt black jazz musicians and people of color in general were better respected than in the U.S. The trip, he said, “changed the way I looked at things forever”. He began an affair with singer and actress Juliette Gréco.In 1972, composer-arranger Paul Buckmaster introduced Davis to the music of avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, leading to a period of creative exploration. Biographer J. K. Chambers wrote, “The effect of Davis’ study of Stockhausen could not be repressed for long … Davis’ own ‘space music’ shows Stockhausen’s influence compositionally.” His recordings and performances during this period were described as “space music” by fans, Feather, and Buckmaster, who described it as “a lot of mood changes—heavy, dark, intense—definitely space music”. The studio album On the Corner (1972) blended the influence of Stockhausen and Buckmaster with funk elements. Davis invited Buckmaster to New York City to oversee the writing and recording of the album with Macero. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz chart but peaked at No. 156 on the more heterogeneous Top 200 Albums chart. Davis felt that Columbia marketed it to the wrong audience. “The music was meant to be heard by young black people, but they just treated it like any other jazz album and advertised it that way, pushed it on the jazz radio stations. Young black kids don’t listen to those stations; they listen to R&B stations and some rock stations.” In October 1972, he broke his ankles in a car crash. He took painkillers and cocaine to cope with the pain. Looking back at his career after the incident, he wrote, “Everything started to blur.”Studio sessions throughout 1973 and 1974 led to Get Up with It, an album which included four long pieces alongside four shorter recordings from 1970 and 1972. The track “He Loved Him Madly”, a thirty-minute tribute to the recently deceased Duke Ellington, influenced Brian Eno’s ambient music. In the United States, it performed comparably to On the Corner, reaching number 8 on the jazz chart and number 141 on the pop chart. He then concentrated on live performance with a series of concerts that Columbia released on the double live albums Agharta (1975), Pangaea (1976), and Dark Magus (1977). The first two are recordings of two sets from February 1, 1975, in Osaka, by which time Davis was troubled by several physical ailments; he relied on alcohol, codeine, and morphine to get through the engagements. His shows were routinely panned by critics who mentioned his habit of performing with his back to the audience. Cosey later asserted that “the band really advanced after the Japanese tour”, but Davis was again hospitalized, for his ulcers and a hernia, during a tour of the US while opening for Herbie Hancock. In later years, Miles played his trumpet with his back to the audience. This confused and angered some people who thought he did it because he was arrogant. But the real reason Miles played this way was because it made it easier for him to give cues and signals – when to play and what to play – to his band. He once told a newspaper reporter who asked him why he played this way: “nobody ever asks classical orchestra conductors why they have their backs to the audience. The reason is that they’re telling the orchestra what to play and when. You don’t criticize them for doing it, so why do you criticize me for doing the very same thing.” In the end, Miles was a man of few words, never speaking to the audience or announcing what he was playing. He thought that music was his language, and musical notes his words, that his trumpet and compositions should do all the talking for him, and they did. Miles Davis was famous for his low, growling, speaking voice and his sweet, haunting, ballad style of playing his trademark blue or red trumpets in the lower registers. He could play fast but preferred playing in medium tempo. He once said that he played this way because it was the way he heard music, and because he was trying to imitate the trains and speaking voices of old men and women that he had heard when he was growing up. In later years, he also imitated the wah-wah sound of the electrical guitar in his trumpet playing. When Miles Davis recorded and released “Birth of the Cool”, in 1950, it made him a leader and a “star” in the music world. Because of his “cool” attitude and the beautiful, sharp, up-to-date clothes that he wore, Miles also became a leader of both style and music. People copied the way he acted and dressed, while musicians tried to play with his air of “cool” detachment. As he became more successful, Miles bought and drove sleek, fast sports cars like Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s. One evening, while playing at Birdland, in New York City, at the height of his fame, Miles walked a white, female friend, the famous newspaper columnist, Dorothy Kilgallen, out of the club to get a cab. A white, male policeman, seeing a black man with a white woman, became angry and after a few words with Miles, hit him in the head with his nightstick and took him, bleeding to jail. Miles sued the city of New York but lost the settlement on a technicality. This incident caused him to never trust policemen for the rest of his life.After graduating from high school, in 1944, Miles met Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in St. Louis and decided he wanted to become a jazz musician and live in New York City. At the age of 18, Miles moved to “The Big Apple” to study at the Juilliard School of Music, one of the best music schools in the world. But at night, Miles ran the streets, playing music with the greats of bebop like Charlie Parker, Max Roach and Thelonious Monk. During the day, Miles studied classical music at Juilliard and played jazz at night. This created a tension in young Miles between learning European notated, classical music and playing the more improvisational approaches of African-American jazz. His answer was to combine the two, not favoring one over the other. One day at Julliard, a white female teacher told the class that black people played the blues because they “were poor and had to pick cotton”. Miles immediately raised his hand and said that he grew up wealthy, never picked cotton and that he played the blues. Always outspoken, Miles soon dropped out of Juilliard to devote himself to playing jazz music full time. But he always admitted that the classical training he received at Julliard helped him to better understand music and become a better musician.
Biography copyright Mason Editions 2000 and Quincy Troupe. Biography may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the permission of Mason Editions.The musical career of Miles Davis spanned over forty-five years and during all but five of those years he was a “star”, the most successful jazz artist of his time, having recorded and released over 100 albums, including “Birth of the Cool,” “Kind of Blue,” “Workin,” “Relaxin,” “Steamin,” “Sketches of Spain,” “Bitches Brew,” “On the Corner and Live at the Plugged Nickel, ” all land mark, ground breaking albums. He dated beautiful and famous women, was a style setter in both music and fashion and was idolized by both musicians and music fans as a musical innovator. When he died of a stroke, in 1991, at the age of sixty-five, he was working on an album with young, black rappers that became “Doo Bop” when it was released in 1992. The record just proved that up until the very end, Miles Davis was always trying to keep up and set new standards in music.
“With great power there must also come great responsibility.” The first Spider-Man used to quote that at me all the time. I’ve been to other planets. I know androids and demigods. But real talk? Our neighbors are more important than alien invasions or global conspiracies. And the people around us are our great responsibility.
The Los Angeles Review of Books is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and disseminating rigorous, incisive, and engaging writing on every aspect of literature, culture, and the arts.There is lore regarding the spiders in Marvel Universe, including extraterrestrial forces, special realms, and very big insects. Nevertheless, the Goddess is the name of the spider that bit Spider-Man and Silk, eventually becoming a whole force to be reckoned with and the hero in its own right. It seems strange, but if dogs and cats have powers, spiders can too.
Comic book versions of Miles and Gwen meeting during an important mission – Miles’ father, Jefferson, suddenly ends up on Earth-65, and Gwen joins Miles to bring his father back home.
However, after things get more complicated, during their journey, Miles and Gwen stumble on Earth-8, a possible future of Earth-65, where Miles and Gwen from different universes are married and have two children. Unlike any other spider, Spider-Man also can shoot webs from his wrists. However, in some iterations, he uses a special mechanism that grants him to shoot webs, and they are artificially made, while in the ‘Spider-Man’ movie, his body produces the spider strands naturally inside his body. This year’s sequel, \u2018Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,\u2019 brought Miles and Gwen back. After she returned to her own Earth, during the fight against some other dimension’s Vulture, she encountered Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, who gave her a Dimensional Travel Watch, which allowed her to travel between parallel universes freely and without glitching while she’s outside of her own dimension.
That spider spins a funnel-shaped web whose strands are estimated to have a tensile strength equal to high-tension wires used in bridges. The third kind of spider that was introduced had the ability of precognition, a.k.a. spider-sense.
Hailee Steinfeld, who also portrays the live-action Kate Bishop in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is voice acting Gwen Stacy\/Spider-Woman in two previous \u2018Spider-Verse\u2019 movies, and she’s set to return in the upcoming prequel and the spin-off movie.They have a moment where she warns Miles that despite other versions of Gwen Stacy ending up with Spider-Man, the other universes see the tragic end of their relationship. Miles is briefly discouraged but still showcases feelings for her.
Besides the Goddess, the radioactive spider, many different arachnids in the Marvel Universe created many more versions of Spider-Man. One that stands out and is quite different from the traditional radioactive spider is the so-called “Oz Experiment Arachnid No. 00” that was created by Oscorp in Ultimate Comics.
However, at the end of the ‘Across the Spider-Verse,’ even after Miles is clearly mad at her, Gwen’s resolve is gone and showcases that she cares for young Spider-Man. Now, we know that a cliffhanger at the end of the movie definitely hints at an epic battle with Spot and Miguel O’Hara in the upcoming ‘Beyond the Spider-Verse’ but what if we see Miles and Gwen having a realization of their feelings for each other and acting on them after the epic showdown? That might actually happen – because Marvel Comics actually did it.Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider that was revealed to give the teenager spider superpowers. According to comics, the spider that bit Peter Parker was caught in a special radiation test at a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear waste materials, and before it died, it bit Peter Parker, then a student of Midtown High. However, due to exposure to radioactive radiation, the spider remained alive and became a Gamma mutate, which allowed it to communicate with all mutated spiders, including the ones to which it gave powers, Silk and Spider-Man.
The reason she arrives on Earth-1610 is accidental – Kingpin’s Super-Collider brings multiple Spider-People to Miles’ world, and the young, freshly new Spider-Man is impressed. Miles and Gwen meet briefly at Brooklyn Visions Academy, where Gwen follows her Spidey Sense and arrives at school to investigate the commotion.
Apart from the original Gwen Stacy from Marvel Comics’ mainstream universe, aka Earth-616, Gwen Stacy from Earth-65 is arguably one of the most popular variants of the character since she was first introduced during the 2014-15 \u2018Spider-Verse\u2019 event in the comics, especially after she was adapted into the \u2018Spider-Verse\u2019 animated franchise in 2018. We recently watched her in the sequel, \u2018Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,\u2019 and apart from the upcoming threequel, there’s also a \u2018Spider-Woman\u2019 spin-off movie in development.Even though some superheroes are out there whose powers primarily come from their suits, that is not the case with Spider-Man. When a radioactive spider bit Peter Parker, he gained impressive abilities regardless of suit, and his powers and abilities are similar to those of a spider.
Is Gwen older than Miles?
In the first movie, Miles was 14 years old and Gwen was 15 months older than him, making her at least 15, if not 16. We know Across the Spider-Verse takes place “one year and four months” after the first movie, as confirmed by Christopher Miller, and Miles confirms he’s now 15.
There are many similarities between the comics and MCU regarding Spider-Man’s origin story, and if you’d like to know more about it, keep reading because everything you need to know is summarized in the next few paragraphs!However, one of those spiders escaped from the terrarium. The lecturer did not seem upset, as she considered that the other scientist was probably examining the spider at that moment.At first, the radioactive spider was just that, but over the years, Marvel writers developed a whole storyline, which included the Web of Life and Destiny and the same spider calling itself a Goddess. A really interesting path Marvel chose with this unlikely character, which we will discuss in this article.
The spider was in shock, and moments before his death, he bit the nearest living thing – Peter Parker. The boy immediately realized that the spider had bitten him but could not understand why his hand was burning and glowing. Moments later, Peter stormed out of the exhibit because he needed some air and discovered his new abilities immediately.
The spider’s red color revealed that it was more than the ordinary ones we see in nature since it did absorb radiation, but still, it wasn’t that important for the story. However, that didn’t stop the fans from speculating what kind of spider bit Peter Parker. They decided that the New York native was bitten by an American house spider, which was predominantly spread across that area of the U.S.However, the story doesn’t stop there because there is a whole lore behind “special” spiders in Marvel Universe. Of course, if we look into the basic biology of the spider that bit Peter Parker, we have to look at the pictures and biology of the animal.