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Miles Davis

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 music during that period, and he often led the way in those changes, both with his own performances and recordings and by choosing sidemen and collaborators who forged new directions. It can even be argued that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn't there to push it forward.

Davis was the son of a dental surgeon, Dr. Miles Dewey Davis, Jr., and a music teacher, Cleota Mae (Henry) Davis, and grew up in the black middle class of East St. Louis after the family moved there shortly after his birth. He became interested in music during his childhood and by the age of 12 began taking trumpet lessons. While still in high school, he started to get jobs playing in local bars and at 16 was playing gigs out of town on weekends. At 17, he joined Eddie Randle's Blue Devils, a territory band based in St. Louis. He enjoyed a personal apotheosis in 1944, just after graduating from high school, when he saw and was allowed to sit in with Billy Eckstine's big band, which was playing in St. Louis. The band featured trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Charlie Parker, the architects of the emerging bebop style of jazz, which was characterized by fast, inventive soloing and dynamic rhythm variations.

It is striking that Davis fell so completely under Gillespie and Parker's spell, since his own slower and less flashy style never really compared to theirs. But bebop was the new sound of the day, and the young trumpeter was bound to follow it. He did so by leaving the Midwest to attend the Institute of Musical Art in New York City (renamed Juilliard) in September 1944. Shortly after his arrival in Manhattan, he was playing in clubs with Parker, and by 1945 he had abandoned his academic studies for a full-time career as a jazz musician, initially joining Benny Carter's band and making his first recordings as a sideman. He played with Eckstine in 1946-1947 and was a member of Parker's group in 1947-1948, making his recording debut as a leader on a 1947 session that featured Parker, pianist John Lewis, bassist Nelson Boyd, and drummer Max Roach. This was an isolated date, however, and Davis spent most of his time playing and recording behind Parker. But in the summer of 1948, he organized a nine-piece band with an unusual horn section. In addition to himself, it featured an alto saxophone, a baritone saxophone, a trombone, a French horn, and a tuba. This nonet, employing arrangements by Gil Evans and others, played for two weeks at the Royal Roost in New York in September. Earning a contract with Capitol Records, the band went into the studio in January 1949 for the first of three sessions and produced 12 tracks that attracted little attention at first. The band's relaxed sound, however, affected the musicians who played it, among them Kai Winding, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, J.J. Johnson, and Kenny Clarke, and it had a profound influence on the development of the cool jazz style on the West Coast. (In February 1957, Capitol finally issued the tracks together on an LP called Birth of the Cool.)

Davis, meanwhile, had moved on to co-leading a band with pianist Tadd Dameron in 1949, and the group took him out of the country for an appearance at the Paris Jazz Festival in May. But the trumpeter's progress was impeded by an addiction to heroin that plagued him in the early '50s. His performances and recordings became more haphazard, but in January 1951 he began a long series of recordings for the Prestige label that became his main recording outlet for the next several years. He managed to kick his habit by the middle of the decade, and he made a strong impression playing "'Round Midnight" at the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1955, a performance that led major-label Columbia to sign him. The prestigious contract allowed him to put together a permanent band, and he organized a quintet featuring saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, who began recording his Columbia debut, 'Round About Midnight, in October.

As it happened, however, he had a remaining five albums on his Prestige contract, and over the next year he was forced to alternate his Columbia sessions with sessions for Prestige to fulfill this previous commitment. The latter resulted in the Prestige albums The New Miles Davis Quintet, Cookin', Workin', Relaxin', and Steamin', making Davis' first quintet one of his better-documented outfits. In May 1957, just three months after Capitol released the Birth of the Cool LP, Davis again teamed with arranger Gil Evans for his second Columbia LP, Miles Ahead. Playing flügelhorn, Davis fronted a big band on music that extended the Birth of the Cool concept and even had classical overtones. Released in 1958, the album was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, intended to honor recordings made before the Grammy Awards were instituted in 1959.

In December 1957, Davis returned to Paris, where he improvised the background music for the film L'Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud. Jazz Track, an album containing this music, earned him a 1960 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group. He added saxophonist Cannonball Adderley to his group, creating the Miles Davis Sextet, which recorded Milestones in April 1958. Shortly after this recording, Red Garland was replaced on piano by Bill Evans and Jimmy Cobb took over for Philly Joe Jones on drums. In July, Davis again collaborated with Gil Evans and an orchestra on an album of music from Porgy and Bess. Back in the sextet, Davis began to experiment with modal playing, basing his improvisations on scales rather than chord changes.

This led to his next band recording, Kind of Blue, in March and April 1959, an album that became a landmark in modern jazz and the most popular album of Davis' career, eventually selling over two million copies, a phenomenal success for a jazz record. In sessions held in November 1959 and March 1960, Davis again followed his pattern of alternating band releases and collaborations with Gil Evans, recording Sketches of Spain, containing traditional Spanish music and original compositions in that style. The album earned Davis and Evans Grammy nominations in 1960 for Best Jazz Performance, Large Group, and Best Jazz Composition, More Than 5 Minutes; they won in the latter category.

By the time Davis returned to the studio to make his next band album in March 1961, Adderley had departed, Wynton Kelly had replaced Bill Evans at the piano, and John Coltrane had left to begin his successful solo career, being replaced by saxophonist Hank Mobley (following the brief tenure of Sonny Stitt). Nevertheless, Coltrane guested on a couple of tracks of the album, called Someday My Prince Will Come. The record made the pop charts in March 1962, but it was preceded into the best-seller lists by the Davis quintet's next recording, the two-LP set Miles Davis in Person (Friday & Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, San Francisco), recorded in April. The following month, Davis recorded another live show, as he and his band were joined by an orchestra led by Gil Evans at Carnegie Hall in May. The resulting Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall was his third LP to reach the pop charts, and it earned Davis and Evans a 1962 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance by a Large Group, Instrumental. Davis and Evans teamed up again in 1962 for what became their final collaboration, Quiet Nights. The album was not issued until 1964, when it reached the charts and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Large Group or Soloist with Large Group.

In 1996, Columbia Records released a six-CD box set, Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings, that won the Grammy for Best Historical Album. Quiet Nights was preceded into the marketplace by Davis' next band effort, Seven Steps to Heaven, recorded in the spring of 1963 with an entirely new lineup consisting of saxophonist George Coleman, pianist Victor Feldman, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Frank Butler. During the sessions, Feldman was replaced by Herbie Hancock and Butler by Tony Williams. The album found Davis making a transition to his next great group, of which Carter, Hancock, and Williams would be members. It was another pop chart entry that earned 1963 Grammy nominations for both Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Soloist or Small Group and Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Large Group. The quintet followed with two live albums, Miles Davis in Europe, recorded in July 1963, which made the pop charts and earned a 1964 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Small Group or Soloist with Small Group, and My Funny Valentine, recorded in February 1964 and released in 1965, when it reached the pop charts.

By September 1964, the final member of the classic Miles Davis Quintet of the '60s was in place with the addition of saxophonist Wayne Shorter to the team of Davis, Carter, Hancock, and Williams. While continuing to play standards in concert, this unit embarked on a series of albums of original compositions contributed by the bandmembers themselves, starting in January 1965 with E.S.P., followed by Miles Smiles (1967 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Small Group or Soloist with Small Group [7 or Fewer]), Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Miles in the Sky (1968 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Small Group or Soloist with Small Group), and Filles de Kilimanjaro. By the time of Miles in the Sky, the group had begun to turn to electric instruments, presaging Davis' next stylistic turn. By the final sessions for Filles de Kilimanjaro in September 1968, Hancock had been replaced by Chick Corea and Carter by Dave Holland. But Hancock, along with pianist Joe Zawinul and guitarist John McLaughlin, participated on Davis' next album, In a Silent Way (1969), which returned the trumpeter to the pop charts for the first time in four years and earned him another small-group jazz performance Grammy nomination. With his next album, B**ches Brew, Davis turned more overtly to a jazz-rock style. Though certainly not conventional rock music, Davis' electrified sound attracted a young, non-jazz audience while putting off traditional jazz fans.

B**ches Brew, released in March 1970, reached the pop Top 40 and became Davis' first album to be certified gold. It also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Arrangement and won the Grammy for large-group jazz performance. He followed it with such similar efforts as Miles Davis at Fillmore East (1971 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance by a Group), A Tribute to Jack Johnson, Live-Evil, On the Corner, and In Concert, all of which reached the pop charts. Meanwhile, Davis' former sidemen became his disciples in a series of fusion groups: Corea formed Return to Forever, Shorter and Zawinul led Weather Report, and McLaughlin and former Davis drummer Billy Cobham organized the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Starting in October 1972, when he broke his ankles in a car accident, Davis became less active in the early '70s, and in 1975 he gave up recording entirely due to illness, undergoing surgery for hip replacement later in the year. Five years passed before he returned to action by recording The Man with the Horn in 1980 and going back to touring in 1981.

By now, he was an elder statesman of jazz, and his innovations had been incorporated into the music, at least by those who supported his eclectic approach. He was also a celebrity whose appeal extended far beyond the basic jazz audience. He performed on the worldwide jazz festival circuit and recorded a series of albums that made the pop charts, including We Want Miles (1982 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Soloist), Star People, Decoy, and You're Under Arrest. In 1986, after 30 years with Columbia, he switched to Warner Bros. and released Tutu, which won him his fourth Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance.

Aura, an album he had recorded in 1984, was released by Columbia in 1989 and brought him his fifth Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Soloist (on a Jazz Recording). Davis surprised jazz fans when, on July 8, 1991, he joined an orchestra led by Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival to perform some of the arrangements written for him in the late '50s by Gil Evans; he had never previously looked back at an aspect of his career. He died of pneumonia, respiratory failure, and a stroke within months. Doo-Bop, his last studio album, appeared in 1992. It was a collaboration with rapper Easy Mo Bee, and it won a Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Instrumental Performance, with the track "Fantasy" nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Released in 1993, Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux won Davis his seventh Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance.

Miles Davis took an all-inclusive, constantly restless approach to jazz that had begun to fall out of favor by the time of his death, even as it earned him controversy during his lifetime. It was hard to recognize the bebop acolyte of Charlie Parker in the flamboyantly dressed leader with the hair extensions who seemed to keep one foot on a wah-wah pedal and one hand on an electric keyboard in his later years. But he did much to popularize jazz, reversing the trend away from commercial appeal that bebop started. And whatever the fripperies and explorations, he retained an ability to play moving solos that endeared him to audiences and demonstrated his affinity with tradition. He is a reminder of the music's essential quality of boundless invention, using all available means. Twenty-four years after Davis' death, he was the subject of Miles Ahead, a biopic co-written and directed by Don Cheadle, who also portrayed him. Its soundtrack functioned as a career overview with additional music provided by pianist Robert Glasper and associates. Additionally, Glasper enlisted many of his collaborators to help record Everything's Beautiful, a separate release that incorporated Davis' master recordings and outtakes into new compositions. ~ William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Milestones (Mono)

1. Dr. Jekyll (Mono Version)

2. Sid's Ahead (Mono Version)

3. Two Bass Hit (Mono Version)

4. Milestones (Mono Version)

5. Billy Boy (Mono Version)

6. Straight, No Chaser (Mono Version)

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Track List: Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Freedom Jazz Dance (Session Reel)

2. Freedom Jazz Dance (Master Take)

3. Circle (Session Reel)

4. Circle (Take 5) (Closing Theme Used On Master Take)

5. Circle ((Take 6) (Released Master Take Excluding Closing Theme)

6. Dolores (Session Reel)

7. Dolores (Master Take)

Disc 2

1. Orbits (Session Reel)

2. Orbits (Master Take)

3. Footprints (Session Reel)

4. Footprints (Master Take)

5. Gingerbread Boy (Session Reel)

6. Gingerbread Boy (Master Take)

7. Nefertiti (Session Reel)

8. Nefertiti (Master Take)

Disc 3

1. Fall (Session Reel)

2. Fall (Master Take)

3. Water Babies (Session Reel)

4. Water Babies (Master Take)

5. Masqualero (Alternate Take / Take 3)

6. Country Son (Rhythm Section Rehearsal)

7. Blues In F (My Ding)

8. Play Your Eight (Miles Speaks)

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Track List: Groovin': His Finest Tunes

1. Bag's Groove (Take 1)

2. Green Haze

3. Solar

4. Doxy

5. A Night In Tunisia

6. The Man I Love (Take 1)

7. Stablemates

8. But Not For Me (Take 1)

9. Just Squeeze Me

10. Well You Needn't

11. Miles Ahead

12. It Never Entered My Mind

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Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 64: Miles Ahead In A Blue Haze (Remaster)

1. Miles Ahead

2. Tune Up

3. When The Lights Are Low

4. I'll Remember April

5. Smooch

6. Blue Haze

8. Four

9. Springsville

10. The Maids Of Cadiz

11. The Duke

14. Blues For Pablo

15. New Rhumba

17. I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You)

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Track List: All that Jazz, Vol. 59: Miles Davis and Friends - Cool Dimensions (Remastered 2016)

1. Move

2. Jeru

3. Moon Dreams

4. Venus de milo

5. Deception

6. Budo

7. Rouge

8. Godchild

9. Rocker

10. Israel

11. Boplicity

12. Dr. Jackle

14. Minor March

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Track List: Miles Davis At Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4

Disc 1

3. 'Round Midnight (Live 1955)

11. The Theme (Live 1958)

Disc 2

1. Gingerbread Boy (Live 1966)

2. All Blues (Live)

3. Stella By Starlight (Live)

4. R.J. (Live)

5. Seven Steps To Heaven (Live)

6. The Theme / Closing Announcement By Leonard Feather (Live)

7. Spoken Introduction By Del Shields (Live)

8. Gingerbread Boy (Live 1967)

9. Footprints (Live)

10. 'Round Midnight (Live 1967)

11. So What (Live)

12. The Theme / Closing Announcement By Del Shields (Live 1967)

Disc 3

1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (Live)

2. Sanctuary (Live 1969)

3. It's About That Time / The Theme (Live)

4. Band Warming Up / Voice Over Introduction (Live)

5. Turnaroundphrase (Live)

6. Tune In 5 (Live)

7. Ife (Live)

8. Untitled Original (Live)

9. Tune In 5 (Live Reprise)

10. Mtume (Live)

Disc 4

1. Directions (Live)

2. What I Say (Live)

3. Sanctuary (Live 1971)

4. It's About That Time (Live)

5. B**ches Brew (Live)

6. Funky Tonk (Live)

7. Sanctuary (Live Reprise)

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Track List: Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums

Disc 1

1. Dear Old Stockholm

2. Chance It

3. Yesterdays

4. Donna

5. Would'n You

6. How Deep Is The Ocean

7. Kelo

8. Enigma

9. Ray's Idea

10. Tempus Fugit

11. C.T.A.

12. I Waited For You

Disc 2

1. Take Off

2. Lazy Susan

3. The Leap

4. Well You Needn't

5. Weirdo

6. It Never Entered My Mind

7. Chance It

8. Donna (Alternate Take)

9. Woody'n You (Alternate Take)

10. Kelo (Alternate Take)

11. Enigma (Alternate Take)

12. Ray's Idea (Alternate Take)

13. Tempus Fugit (Alternate Take)

14. C.T.A. (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Miles At The Fillmore: Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
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Track List: Isle Of Wight (Live)

1. Directions (Live) (1970) (Isle Of Wight)

2. B**ches Brew (Live) (1970) (Isle Of Wight)

3. It's About That Time (Live) (1970) (Isle Of Wight)

4. Sanctuary (Live) (1970) (Isle Of Wight)

5. Spanish Key (Live) (1970) (Isle Of Wight)

6. The Theme (Live) (1970) (Isle Of Wight)

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Track List: The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions

Disc 1

1. Mademoiselle Mabry (2001)

2. Frelon Brun (2001)

3. Two Faced (2001)

4. Dual Mr. Tillman Anthony (2001)

5. Splash (2001)

6. Splashdown (2001)

Disc 2

1. Ascent (2001)

2. Directions I (2001)

3. Directions II (2001)

4. Shhh / Peaceful (2001)

5. In A Silent Way (Rehearsal) (2001)

6. In A Silent Way (2001)

7. It's About That Time (2001)

Disc 3

1. The Ghetto Walk (2001)

2. Early Minor (2001)

3. Shhh / Peaceful (2001)

4. In A Silent Way (2001)

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Track List: We Want Miles (Reissue)

Disc 1

1. Jean Pierre (Live)

2. Back Seat Betty (Live)

3. Fast Track (Live)

4. Jean Pierre (Live)

5. Ursula (Live)

6. Aida (Live)

Disc 2

1. My Man's Gone Now (Live - 1981)

2. Kix (Live)

3. Fat Time (Live)

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Track List: In Paris Festival International De Jazz May 1949

1. Rifftide

2. Good Bait

3. Don't Blame Me

4. Lady Bird

5. 'Wah' 'Hoo'

6. Allen's Alley

7. Embraceable You

8. Ornithology

9. All The Things You Are

10. Lover Man

11. The Squirrel

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Track List: 'Round About Midnight

1. 'Round Midnight (Mono Version)

2. Ah-Leu-Cha (Mono Version)

3. All Of You (Mono Version)

4. Bye Bye Blackbird (Mono Version)

5. Tadd's Delight (Mono Version)

6. Dear Old Stockholm (Mono Version)

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Track List: At Plugged Nickel, Chicago (Live)

Disc 1

1. Walkin' (Live In Chicago)

2. Agitation (Live In Chicago)

3. On Green Dolphin Street (Live In Chicago)

4. So What (Live In Chicago)

5. The Theme (Live In Chicago)

Disc 2

1. 'Round Midnight (Live In Chicago)

2. Stella By Starlight (Live In Chicago)

3. All Blues (Live In Chicago)

4. Yesterdays (Live In Chicago)

5. The Theme (Live In Chicago)

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Track List: All Of You

1. All Of You

2. Little Melonae

3. Sweet Sue, Just You

4. Tadd's Delight

5. Ah-Leu-Cha

6. Two Bass Hit

7. Budo

8. 'Round Midnight

9. Bye Bye Blackbird

10. Dear Old Stockholm

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Track List: Setlist: The Very Best Of Miles Davis LIVE (Electric)

1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down/The Theme (Live At The Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, MA, August 18, 1970)

2. B**ches Brew (Live)

3. Jean Pierre (Live)

4. Spanish Key (Live)

5. Honky Tonk (Instrumental) (Live)

6. It's About That Time (Live)

7. Willie Nelson / The Theme (Live)

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Track List: On The Crest Of The Airwaves

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
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Track List: Duets

1. On Green Dolphin Street

2. Fran Dance

3. Stella By Starlight

4. Love For Sale

5. Straight, No Chaser

6. My Funny Valentine

7. Oleo

8. Two Bass Hit

9. Dear Old Stockholm

10. Bye Bye Blackbird

11. Round Midnight

13. Milestones

14. So What

15. Blue In Green

16. Some Day My Prince Will Come

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Track List: A Portrait Of Miles Davis Remastered

1. I'll Remember April

2. Four

4. Smooch

5. Blue Haze

6. When Lights Are Low

7. Tune Up

8. Miles Ahead

9. Dig (Feat. Sonny Rollins)

12. Bluing (Feat. Sonny Rollins)

14. Tasty Pudding

15. Floppy

16. Willie The Wailer

17. For Adults Only

18. Morpheus

19. Down

20. Blue Room

21. Whispering

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Track List: Setlist: The Very Best Of Miles Davis (Live)

1. Straight, No Chaser (Live 1958)

2. Bye Bye Blackbird (Live 1958)

3. 'Round Midnight (Live 1961)

4. The Theme (Live 1961)

5. Milestones(Live 1964)

6. My Funny Valentine (Live 1964)

7. So What (Live 1964)

8. All Blues (Live 1965)

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Track List: This Is Jazz

1. Move

2. Jeru

3. Moon Dreams

4. Venus De Milo

6. Rocker

7. Israel

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Track List: The Definitive Miles Davis On Prestige

Disc 1

1. Morpheus (Instrumental)

2. Ezz-Thetic

3. Dig (Feat. Sonny Rollins)

4. Four

5. Compulsion

6. Solar

7. I'll Remember April

8. Walkin'

9. Airegin

10. In Your Own Sweet Way

11. Bags' Groove (Album Version - (Take 1))

12. Will You Still Be Mine

Disc 2

1. There Is No Greater Love

2. Surrey With The Fringe On Top

3. Salt Peanuts

4. It Never Entered My Mind

5. If I Were A Bell

6. 'Round Midnight

7. I Could Write A Book

8. Oleo (Edited Without False Start)

9. My Funny Valentine

10. Tune Up

11. When Lights Are Low

12. The Theme (Take 1)

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Track List: B**ches Brew Live

1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (B**ches Brew Live)

2. Sanctuary (B**ches Brew Live)

3. It's About That Time/The Theme (B**ches Brew Live)

4. Directions (B**ches Brew Live)

5. B**ches Brew (B**ches Brew Live)

6. It's About That Time (B**ches Brew Live)

7. Sanctuary (B**ches Brew Live)

8. Spanish Key (B**ches Brew Live)

9. The Theme (B**ches Brew Live)

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Track List: Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux

1. Introduction By Claude Nobs And Quincy Jones (Live Version)

2. Boplicity (Live Version)

3. Introduction To Miles Ahead Medley (Live Version)

4. Springsville (Live Version)

5. Maids Of Cadiz (Live Version)

6. The Duke (Live Version)

7. My Ship (Live Version)

8. Miles Ahead (Live Version)

9. Blues For Pablo (Live Version)

10. Introduction To Porgy And Bess Medley (Live Version)

11. Orgone (Live Version)

12. Gone, Gone Gone (Live Version)

13. Summertime (Live Version)

14. Here Come De Honey Man (Live Version)

15. The Pan Piper (Live Version)

16. Solea (Live Version)

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Track List: Horns and Quintets

1. Just Squeeze Me

3. How Am I To Know

5. Miles Theme

6. Stablemates

7. Morpheus

8. Down

9. Blue Room (Take 2)

10. Whispering

11. Tasty Pudding

12. Willie the Wailer

13. Floppy

14. For Adults Only

15. Blue Room (Take 1)

16. Springsville

17. The Maids of Cadiz

18. The Duke

19. My Ship

20. Miles Ahead

21. Miles

22. Sid's Ahead

23. Stella by Starlight

24. Ah-Leu-Cha

25. It Ain't Necessarily So

26. Summertime

28. Straight no Chaser

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Track List: Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (France Reissue)

1. Générique

2. L'Assassinat De Carala

3. Sur L'Autoroute

4. Julien Dans L'Ascenseur

5. Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées

6. Dîner Au Motel

7. Évasion De Julien

8. Visite Du Vigile

9. Au Bar Du Petit Bac

10. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel

11. Bag's Groove (Live) (1957)

12. Four (Live) (1957)

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Track List: The Duke

1. My Funny Valentine

2. Blues By Five

3. Airegin

4. Tune Up / When The Lights Are Low

5. Dr. Jackle

6. Sid's Ahead

7. Two Bass Hit

8. Milestones

9. Billy Boy

10. Straight, No Chaser

11. Round About Midnight

13. All Of You

14. Bye Bye Blackbird

15. Tadd's Delight

16. Dear Old Stockholm

17. Springsville

19. The Duke

20. My Ship

21. Miles Ahead

22. Blues For Pablo

23. New Rhumba

24. The Meaning Of The Blues

25. Lament

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Track List: Alone Together

2. Alone Together

3. There's No You

4. Easy Living

5. Dr. Jackle

7. Minor March

8. Changes

9. Move

10. Boplicity

11. Deception

12. Chance It

13. How Deep Is The Ocean

14. Dear Old Stockholm

15. Tempus Fugit

16. CTA

17. It Never Entered My Mind

18. Weirdo

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Track List: Grove

1. The Man I Love

2. Swing Spring

3. Round Midnight

4. Bemsha Swing

6. Autumn Leaves

7. Love For Sale

9. One For Daddy-O

10. If I Were A Bell

11. You're My Everything

12. I Could Write A Book

13. Oleo

14. It Could Happen To You

15. Woody 'n You

16. Bag's Groove (Take 1)

17. Bag's Groove (Take 2)

18. Airegin

19. But Not For Me (Take 2)

20. Doxy

21. But Not For Me (Take 1)

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Bags Groove

3. Smooch

4. Blues For Pablo

5. Summertime

6. Bess, You Is My Woman Now

7. I Loves You Porgy

8. But Not For Me

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Track List: B**ches Brew

Disc 1

1. Pharaoh's Dance

2. B**ches Brew

3. Spanish Key

4. John McLaughlin

Disc 2

1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down

2. Sanctuary

6. Spanish Key

7. Great Expectations

8. Little Blue Frog

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Track List: Cool Blues

1. A Night In Tunisia

2. Embraceable You

3. Yardbird Suite

4. Don't Blame Me

7. Scrapple The Apple

8. Cool Blues

9. Bird Of Paradise

14. Ornithology

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Track List: Miles Davis: The Collection: Sketches Of Spain / Kind Of Blue / In A Silent Way

Disc 1

1. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio)

2. Will O' The Wisp

3. The Pan Piper

4. Saeta

5. Solea

6. Song Of Our Country

Disc 2

1. So What

2. Freddie Freeloader

3. Blue In Green

4. All Blues

5. Flamenco Sketches

Disc 3

1. Shhh / Peaceful

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Track List: 10 Greatest Hits

2. Scrapple From The Apple

3. It Never Entered My Mind

4. Dexterity

5. Embraceable You

6. Little Willie Leaps

7. Milestones

8. The Way You Look Tonight

9. A Night In Tunisia

10. How Deep Is The Ocean

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Track List: Embraceable

1. Little Willie Leaps

2. Salt Peanuts (Early Version)

3. Bird Of Paradise

4. Groovin' High

5. Yardbird Suite

6. A Night In Tunisia (Early Version)

7. Embraceable You

8. Dewey Square

9. Scrapple From The Apple

10. Moose The Mooche

11. Ornithology

12. Out Of Nowhere

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Track List: Sketches Of Spain 50th Anniversary (Legacy Edition)

Disc 1

1. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio)

2. Will O' The Wisp

3. The Pan Piper

4. Saeta

5. Solea

6. Song Of Our Country

Disc 2

5. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Alternate Ending)

10. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Live)

11. Teo

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Track List: Savoy Jazz Super - EP

1. Billie's Bounce

2. Now's The Time

3. Yardbird Suite

4. Milestones (Alternate Take 3)

5. Half Nelson (Alternate Take 1)

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Track List: The Classic Prestige Sessions, 1951-1956 (Remastered)

Disc 1

1. Morpheus

2. Down

3. The Blue Room (Take 1)

4. The Blue Room (Take 2)

5. Whispering

6. I Know

7. Conception

8. Out Of The Blue

9. Denial

10. Bluing

11. Dig

12. My Old Flame

13. It's Only A Paper Moon

Disc 2

1. Compulsion

4. 'Round Midnight

5. Airegin

6. Oleo

7. But Not For Me (Take 1)

8. But Not For Me (Take 2)

9. Doxy

10. In Your Own Sweet Way

11. No Line

12. Vierd Blues

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Track List: Jazz Six Pack

1. Four

2. Solar

3. In Your Own Sweet Way

4. Oleo

5. My Funny Valentine

6. Well You Needn't

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Track List: Groovn' High

1. Sippin At Bells

2. Scrapple From The Apple

3. Bird Of Paradise

4. Embraceable You

5. Yardbird Suite

6. A Night In Tunisia

7. Moose The Mooche

8. Dewey Square

9. Groovin' High

10. Salt Peanuts

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Track List: Muted Miles

1. Just Squeeze Me

2. My Funny Valentine

3. Surrey With The Fringe On Top

4. 'round Midnight

5. If I Were A Bell

6. Nature Boy

7. It Could Happen To You

8. You're My Everything

9. In Your Own Sweet Way

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Track List: Round Midnight

1. You're My Everything

2. S'il Vous Plait

3. Round Midnight

4. Trane's Blues

5. Salt Peanuts

6. Conception

7. Oleo

8. My Funny Valentine

9. Four

10. Ah-Leu-Cha

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Track List: The Complete On The Corner Sessions

Disc 1

1. On The Corner (Unedited Master)

2. On The Corner (Take 4)

3. One And One (Unedited Master)

4. Helen Butte, Mr. Freedom X (Unedited Master)

5. Jabali

Disc 2

1. Ife

2. Chieftain

3. Rated X

4. Turn Around

5. U-Turnaround

Disc 3

1. Billy Preston

2. The Hen

3. Big Fun, Holly-Wuud (Take 2)

4. Big Fun, Holly Wuud (Take 3)

5. Peace

6. Mr. Foster

Disc 4

1. Calypso Frelimo

2. He Loved Him Madly

Disc 5

1. Maiysha

2. Mtume

3. Mtume (Take 11)

4. Hip Skip

5. What They Do

6. Minnie

Disc 6

1. Red China Blues

2. On The Corner, New York Girl, Thinkin' Of One Thing And Doin' Another,...

3. Black Satin

4. One & One

5. Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X

6. Big Fun

7. Holly-Wuud

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Track List: Evolution Of The Groove

1. Freddie Freeloader (Previously Unreleased Outtake)

2. Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution Of The Groove)

3. It's About That Time

4. Honky Tonk (Remix)

5. Black Satin (Remix)

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Track List: Live At The 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival

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Track List: Cool & Collected

1. So What

2. Summertime

3. Generique

4. Stella By Starlight

5. Fran-Dance

6. Milestones

7. 'round Midnight

8. Bye Bye Blackbird

9. Seven Steps To Heaven

10. Time After Time

11. E.S.P.

12. Human Nature

13. It's About That Time

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Track List: Miles Davis Feat John Coltrane - At Their Best Vol 1

1. Bemsha Swing

2. Swing Spring

3. The Man I Love

4. No Line

5. Vierd Blues

6. In Your Own Sweet Way

8. Salt Peanuts

9. Surrey With The Fringe On Top

10. It Never Entered My Mind

11. Four

12. In Your Own Sweet Way

13. If I Were A Bell

14. You're My Everything

15. I Could Write A Book

16. 'Round Midnight

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Track List: Solar

1. Solar

2. You Don't Know What Love Is

3. Blue 'n' Boogie

4. Love Me Or Leave Me

5. Walkin'

6. Airegin

7. Bags' Groove

8. But Not For Me

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Track List: The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions

Disc 1

1. Stablemates

2. How Am I To Know

3. Just Squeeze Me

4. There Is No Greater Love

5. The Theme

6. S'posin'

7. In Your Own Sweet Way

8. Diane

9. Trane's Blues

10. Something I Dreamed Last Night

Disc 2

1. It Could Happen To You

2. Woody'n You

3. Ahmad's Blues

4. Surrey With The Fringe On Top

5. It Never Entered My Mind

6. When I Fall In Love

7. Salt Peanuts

8. Four

9. The Theme (Take 1)

10. The Theme (Take 2)

11. If I Were A Bell

12. Well You Needn't

Disc 3

1. 'Round Midnight

2. Half Nelson

3. You're My Everything

4. I Could Write A Book

5. Oleo

6. Airegin

7. Tune Up

8. When Lights Are Low

9. Blues By Five

10. My Funny Valentine

Disc 4

4. It Never Entered My Mind (Live)

5. Tune Up (Live)

6. Walkin' (Live)

9. Walkin' (Live)

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Track List: The Cellar Door Sessions 6

Disc 1

1. Directions (live)

2. Yesternow

3. What I Say (live)

4. Improvision #1

5. Inamorata

Disc 2

1. What I Say

2. Honky Tonk (live)

3. It's About That Time

4. Improvisation #2

5. Inamorata (live)

6. Sanctuary

Disc 3

1. Directions

2. Honky Tonk

3. What I Say (live)

Disc 4

1. Directions

2. Honky Tonk

3. What I Say

4. Sanctuary (live)

5. Improvisation #3

6. Inamorata

Disc 5

1. Directions

2. Honky Tonk

3. What I Say

Disc 6

1. Directions

2. Improvisation #4

3. Inamorata

4. Sanctuary

5. It's About That Time (live)

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Track List: Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Miles Davis 1963-1964

Disc 1

1. Joshua

2. I Fall In Love Too Easily

3. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

4. So Near, So Far

5. Basin Street Blues

6. Seven Steps To Heaven

7. Seven Steps To Heaven

8. Summer Night

Disc 2

1. Seven Steps To Heaven

2. Seven Steps To Heaven

3. So Near, So Far

4. Joshua

5. Introduction By Andre Francis

6. Autumn Leaves

7. Milestones

8. I Thought About You

Disc 3

1. Joshua

2. All Of You

3. Walkin'

4. Bye Bye Blackbird

5. Bye Bye

Disc 4

1. Introduction By Mort Fega

2. Autumn Leaves

3. So What (Live)

4. Stella By Starlight

5. Walkin'

6. All Of You

7. Go-Go

Disc 5

1. Introduction By Billy Taylor

2. All Blues

3. My Funny Valentine

4. Joshua

5. I Thought About You

6. Four

7. Seven Steps To Heaven

8. There Is No Greater Love

9. Go-Go

Disc 6

1. Introduction By Teruso Isono *1964*

2. If I Were A Bell

3. My Funny Valentine

4. So What

5. Walkin'

6. All Of You

7. Go-Go

Disc 7

1. Milestones

2. Autumn Leaves

3. So What

4. Stella By Starlight

5. Walkin'

6. Go-Go

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Track List: Birdland 1951 (Live)

1. Move (Live)

2. Half Nelson (Live)

3. Down (Live)

4. Out Of The Blue (Live)

5. Half Nelson (Live)

6. Tempus Fugit (Live)

7. Move (Live)

8. Move (Live)

9. The Squirrel (Live)

10. Lady Bird (Live)

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Track List: The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions

Disc 1

1. Willie Nelson (Take 2)

2. Willie Nelson (Take 3)

3. Willie Nelson (Insert 1)

4. Willie Nelson (Insert 2)

5. Willie Nelson (Remake Take 1)

6. Willie Nelson (Remake Take 2)

7. Johnny Bratton (Take 4)

8. Johnny Bratton (Insert 1)

9. Johnny Bratton (Insert 1)

10. Archie Moore

Disc 2

1. Go Ahead John (Part One)

2. Go Ahead John (Part Two A)

3. Go Ahead John (Part Two B)

4. Go Ahead John (Part Two C)

5. Go Ahead John (Part One Remake)

6. Duran (Take 4)

7. Duran (Take 6)

8. Sugar Ray

Disc 3

1. Right Off (Take 10)

2. Right Off (Take 10A)

3. Right Off (Take 11)

4. Right Off (Take 12)

5. Yesternow (Take 16)

6. Yesternow (New Take 4)

7. Honky Tonk (Take 2)

8. Honky Tonk (Take 5)

Disc 4

1. Ali (Take 3)

2. Ali (Take 4)

3. Konda

4. Nem Um Talvez (Take 17)

5. Nem Um Talvez (Take 19)

6. Little High People (Take 7)

7. Little High People (Take 8)

8. Nem Um Talvez (Take 3)

9. Nem Um Talvez (Take 4A)

10. Selim (Take 4B)

11. Little Church (Take 7)

12. Little Church (Take 10)

Disc 5

1. The Mask (Part One)

2. The Mask (Part Two)

3. Right Off

4. Yesternow

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Track List: Miles Davis: Love Songs 2

1. Love For Sale

2. All Of You

3. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

4. There Is No Greater Love

5. My Man's Gone Now

6. Wait Til You See Her

7. Bess, You Is My Woman Now

10. Time After Time

11. U 'N' I

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Track List: In Person Friday And Saturday Nights At The Blackhawk, Complete

Disc 1

1. Oleo (1961)

2. No Blues (1961)

3. Bye Bye (Theme) (1961)

4. If I Were A Bell (1961)

5. Fran Dance (1961)

6. On Green Dolphin Street (1961)

7. The Theme (1961)

Disc 2

1. All Of You (1961)

2. Neo (1961)

3. I Thought About You (1961)

4. Bye Bye Blackbird (1961)

5. Walkin' (1961)

6. Love, I've Found You (1961)

Disc 3

1. If I Were A Bell (Live 1961b)

2. So What (1961b)

3. No Blues (1961b)

4. On Green Dolphin Street (1961b)

5. Walkin' (1961b)

6. 'Round Midnight (1961b)

7. Well You Needn't (1961b)

8. The Theme (1961b)

Disc 4

1. Autumn Leaves (1961b)

2. Neo (1961b)

3. Two Bass Hit (1961b)

4. Bye Bye (Theme) (1961b)

5. Love, I've Found You (1961b)

6. I Thought About You (1961b)

7. Someday My Prince Will Come (1961b)

8. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (1961b)

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Track List: The Best Of Miles Davis

1. Someday My Prince Will Come

2. 'Round Midnight

3. So What

4. Seven Steps To Heaven

5. I Loves You, Porgy (From "Porgy & Bess")

6. Milestones

7. My Ship

8. E.S.P.

9. In A Silent Way (Original LP Excerpt)

10. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down

11. Time After Time

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Track List: Timeless Miles Davis

1. A Night In Tunisia

2. Little Willie Leaps

3. Embraceable You

4. Salt Peanuts

5. Yardbird Suite

6. Moose The Mooche

7. Bird Of Paradise

8. Dewey Square

9. Scrapple From The Apple

10. Groovin' High

11. Ornithology

12. Out Of Nowhere

13. Sippin At Bells

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Track List: Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970) - It's About That Time Disc 2

Disc 1

1. Directions (Live)

2. Spanish Key (Live)