Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

by Miles Davis
     
 

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Miles Davis never eclipsed Louis Armstrong as the greatest trumpeter. His playing didn't parade the greatest range or technique, or the most powerful tone. And he never matched Duke Ellington as jazz's greatest bandleader. He didn't create sustained brilliance, in five decades, with a stable organization that produced an unbroken string of popular hits. But Davis… See more details below

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Miles Davis never eclipsed Louis Armstrong as the greatest trumpeter. His playing didn't parade the greatest range or technique, or the most powerful tone. And he never matched Duke Ellington as jazz's greatest bandleader. He didn't create sustained brilliance, in five decades, with a stable organization that produced an unbroken string of popular hits. But Davis never set out to be the greatest virtuoso or to master the greatest orchestra. He was music's (not jazz's) most relentless, yet restless, genius: He drew from and in turn created music in ever wider circles and diverse idioms, while his trumpet sound got ever more intimate. By the time of his death he deserved to be considered, alongside Armstrong, the most important trumpeter -- and, beside Ellington, the most influential bandleader. His epitaph should be his dictum, "I have to change. It's a curse."

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. Miles Davis is one of the most difficult jazz artists to anthologize well, especially within the confines of a single disc. Though merely finding a way to give equal time to the many phases of Davis' career is nearly impossible, this volume of the Ken Burns Jazz series tries mightily and more or less succeeds. The compilation follows the trumpeter's winding path through bop, proto-cool jazz, orchestral jazz, modal jazz (the legendary Kind of Blue period), hard bop (his hugely influential quintet of the '60s), and electric jazz fusion. Needless to say, the single-disc format doesn't allow for much time spent on any of these periods, and thus doesn't make for a very cohesive listen. Still, Ken Burns Jazz is surprisingly effective given what it's trying to accomplish, and provides a strong idea of the tremendous variety in Davis' oeuvre. Since the Davis volume of the series hops around so much, it's finally more of a jumping-off point than self-contained listening experience. The compilation allows neophytes to get their feet wet, sample small bites of Davis' many stylistic changes, and then purchase the individual works from the periods that most interest them.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972667829
catalogNumber:
726678
Rank:
114250

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Bill Evans   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Dave Holland   Electric Bass
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
John Lewis   Piano
Bennie Maupin   Bass Clarinet
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Bud Powell   Piano
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute
Max Roach   Drums
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone
Horace Silver   Piano
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Barney Wilen   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams   Drums
Tommy Potter   Bass
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Lenny White   Percussion
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Don Alias   Drums
Willie Ruff   French Horn
Joe Zawinul   Electric Piano
Danny Bank   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Billy Barber   Tuba
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Harvey Brooks   Electric Bass
Paul Chambers   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Armando Anthony Corea   Electric Piano
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Gil Evans   Conductor
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Marcus Miller   Electric Bass,Keyboards,Musician
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute
Jumma Santos   Conga
Gunther Schuller   French Horn
Sandy Siegelstein   French Horn
René Urtreger   Piano
Dick Hixon   Bass Trombone
Bernie Maupin   Bass Clarinet
René Urteger   Piano
Billy Ray Barber   Tuba
John G. Lewis   Piano

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Discographical Information
Miles Davis   Composer
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Discographical Information
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Gil Evans   Arranger,Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Francis Davis   Liner Notes
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
Seth Foster   Mastering
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Cleo Henry   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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