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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Legend : Miles Davis




Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis's ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and Dave Holland; and drummers Tony Williams, Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette.

On October 7, 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies. Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Davis was noted as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz".

On November 5, 2009, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan sponsored a measure in the US House of Representatives to recognize and commemorate the album 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, unanimously, with a vote of 409–0 on December 15, 2009.
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Studio albums
  • First Miles (1945)
  • Cool Boppin' (1948)
  • Birth of the Cool (1949 and 1950) 
  • ConceptiFon (1951)
  • Blue Period (1951)
  • Dig (1951)
  • Miles Davis and Horns (1951 )
  • Miles Davis Volume 1 (Blue Note Records, 1952 and 1954)
  • Miles Davis Volume 2 (Blue Note Records, 1953)
  • Blue Haze (1953 and 1954)
  • Collectors' Items (1953 and 1956)
  • Walkin' (1954)
  • Bags' Groove (1954)
  • Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1954, with one track from 1956)
  • Musings of Miles (1955) 
  • Blue Moods (1955)
  • Quintet / Sextet (1955, Miles Davis and Milt Jackson)
  • Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet (1955)
  • Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • 'Round About Midnight (1955-1956) 
  • Miles Ahead (1957)
  • Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud (Fontana Records, 1957 - film soundtrack)
  • Cannonball Adderley meets Miles Davis(1958)
  • Somethin' Else (Blue Note Records, 1958 - Cannonball Adderley quintet)
  • Milestones (1958)
  • Jazz Track (1958)
  • Porgy and Bess (1958)
  • 1958 Miles (1958)
  • Kind of Blue (1959
  • Sketches of Spain (1960) (RIAA: Gold)  
  • Someday My Prince Will Come (1961) 
  • Quiet Nights (1962-1963)
  • Seven Steps to Heaven (1963)
  • E.S.P (1965)
  • Miles Smiles (1966)
  • Sorcerer (1967
  • Nefertiti (1967)
  • Miles in the Sky (1968)
  • Filles de Kilimanjaro (1969 - 1968)
  • In a Silent Way (1969)
  • Bitches Brew (1970)
  • (A Tribute to) Jack Johnson (1970)
  • Live-Evil (1971 - 1970) 
  • On the Corner (1972)
  • Big Fun (1974_1969-1972) 
  • Get Up with It (1974 ) 
  • Water Babies (1976 - previously unissued recordings from 1967 & 1968)
  • Circle in the Round (1979 - previously unissued recordings from 1955-1970)
  • Directions (1981 -(1960-1970)) 
  • The Man With The Horn (1981)
  • Star People (1983)
  • Decoy (1984)
  • You're Under Arrest (1985)
  • Tutu (1986) 
  • Music from Siesta (1987 - film soundtrack)
  • Amandla (1989)
  • Aura (1989)
  • Dingo (1991 - film soundtrack)
  • Doo-Bop (1992) 

Live recordings

  • The Real Birth of the Cool (Miles’ nonet live at the Royal Roost) (1948)
  • Complete Birdland Recordings (1951-52)

  • Miles & Coltrane (1955)
  • Miles Davis Quintet at Peacock Alley (1956)
  • Amsterdam Concert (1957)
  • Miles Davis at Newport 1958 (1958)
  • Live in Den Haag (1960)
  • Miles Davis & John Coltrane. Live in Stockholm Live at the Konserthuset, Stockholm (1960)
  • Olympia, 20th March 1960 (1960)
  • Manchester Concert (1960) flac
  • Olympia, 11th October 1960 (1960)
  • Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall (1961)
  • Miles & Monk at Newport (1963 release of 1958 concert)
  • In Europe (1963)
  • Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (1963)
  • My Funny Valentine (1964)
  • Four & More (1964)
  • Miles In Tokyo (1964)
  • Miles In Berlin (1964)
  • The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 (1965)
  • 1969 Miles Festival de Juan les Pins (1969)
  • Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970: It's About That Time (1970)
  • Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West (1970)
  • Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East (1970)
  • Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (1970)
  • The Cellar Door Sessions (1970)
  • In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall (1972)
  • Jazz at the Plaza (1973 release of 1958 appearance)
  • Dark Magus (1974) disc 1 disc 2
  • Agharta (1975) altrn(Japan)
  • Pangaea (1975)
  • Miles! Miles! Miles! (1981)
  • We Want Miles (1982)
  • Munich Concert (1988) 1 \ 2 \ 3
  • The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux (1973-1991)
  • Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux (1991)
  • Live Around The World (1988-1991)
Box sets

  • The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis with John Coltrane (1955–1961)
  • Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (1957–1968)
  • Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963–1964 
  • The Complete Studio Recordings of The Miles Davis Quintet 1965–1968
  • The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions (1968–1969)
  • The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (1969–1970)
  • The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (1970)
  • The Complete On the Corner Sessions (1972–1975)
  • Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection (1955-1985)
  • In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete (1961)
  • The Complete Live Recordings 1948-1955 (10 CD Box 2006)
  • The Complete Prestige Recordings '51-'56 (8 Cd's box) - 1993
  • Young Miles 1945 -1950 [4CD Boxset](2001) 1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4
  • The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions 16 Nov. '55-8 Dec.'56[4 Cd 's Box-Set 2006]

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sun Ra Discography

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This post is definitely going to be one of my favorite post I have done on Blax-Jive. Sun Ra is simply genius. His life is beyond music and deeper than what you may hear. I'm proud to make this post and I hope everyone take advantages of the selected biographies I will have listed. I am only going to post a summary of Sun Ra, but its much deeper than what I am posting.

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Sun Ra (May 22, 1914 to May 30, 1993) was an innovative and individual jazz composer, bandleader and piano and synthesizer player, who came to be known as much for preaching his bizarre cosmic philosophy as for his phenomenal musical compositions and performances.

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Born Herman "Sonny" Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, he abandoned his birth name and took on the name of Sun Ra (Ra being the name of the ancient Egyptian god of the Sun) and headed a band with an ever-changing ensemble known as the "Arkestra" (or sometimes "Solar Arkestra").

The musical development of Sun Ra can be (loosely) categorized into three periods:

The first period of the 1950s was when his music evolved from big-band Swing into the outer space-themed "cosmic jazz" he was best known for. Early inhis career, Ra worked as an arranger for Fletcher Henderson. Music critics and jazz historians say some of his best work was recorded during this period. Notable Sun Ra albums from the 1950s include Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth, Interstellar Low Ways, Angels And Demons At Play, We Travel The Spaceways, and Jazz In Silhouette (among many others).
It was during the 1950s that Sun Ra began wearing the outlandish, Egyptian-styled costumes and headdresses he would be known for. Claiming that he was not from the Planet Earth but rather from Saturn, Ra developed a complicated persona of "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that preached "awareness" and peace above all. He eschewed racism (having been a victim of it many times, in regards to the touring and booking schedule of the Arkestra), though he rarely came out and directly spoke about any controversial subjects. He preferred to make music, which he did, as the cast of musicians touring and working with him changed on an almost daily basis.
(The most notable graduate of the Sun Ra Arkestra was John Gilmore, a saxophonist whose work influenced that of John Coltrane).
During the 1960s, his music underwent a chaotic, free jazz experimental period. It was during this period that his popularity reached its peak, as the "beat generation" and the psychedelic era embraced him. In this era, Ra was among the first of any musicians to make extensive use of synthesizers and other various electronic instruments. Newcomers to Ra's music may have difficulty with his albums of this era. Notable titles from this period include The Magic City, When Sun Comes Out, The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume One and Other Planes Of There.
During their third period, beginning in the 1970s and onward, Sun Ra and the Arkestra settled down into a more conventional method (though still highly eclectic and energetic), and Ra took a liking to the films of Walt Disney. He incorporated smatterings of Disney's musical numbers into many of his performances from then on; and in the late 1980s the Arkestra even performed a concert at Walt Disney World. The Arkestra's version of "Pink Elephants on Parade" is available on Stay Awake, a compilation of Disney tunes by many artists.
A number of Sun Ra's 1970s concerts are available on CD, but none have received a wide release in comparison to his earlier music. The album Atlantis can be considered the landmark that led into his 1970s era.

During his career Sun Ra recorded over one hundred albums, but many of them were printed on microlabels, and his music was largely unknown outside of the live jazz touring circuit. In the 1990s, after he had left this plane of existence, many of his recordings were released on compact disc for the first time under the Ihnfinity Music label.

The Arkestra continues to tour and perform as of November 2003, now led by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen.

Sun Ra and his Arkestra were the subject of a documentary film made in 1972 and a feature film entitled Space Is The Place in 1974. The soundtrack, also by Sun Ra, is available on CD.

Some recommended albums (by no means all-inclusive): Atlantis, Supersonic Jazz, Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy, We Travel the Spaceways, Singles, Languidity, The Magic City.








Brother From Another Planet [Documentary On Sun Ra]






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Albums

Read the companion guide to this thread by Jon-A at The Astro-Infinity Equation

Posthumous Releases

Two In One Albums

Live Bootlegs

Singles

Compilations

Mixtapes


Covers and Interpretations

Miscellaneous
Arkestra recordings without Sun Ra (post 1993)

Audio Interviews

Video


"Brother From Another Planet : The Sun Ra Story"

(2005, BBC documentary, 1.9.GB)

- text search "BBC" on the page.

"Space Is The Place"
(1972, released in 1974, 81 mins).


"Sun Ra - A Joyful Noise"
Documentary film by Robert Mugge (1980)

from Transparency DVD 0171
"Sun Ra Volume Two: Sun Ra Arkestra East and West Berlin"



Resources & Selected Biographies

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Quincy Jones Discography


Quincy Jones is a traveler - a traveler on a more than 50-year journey through the music business, unlike that of any other musician. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Quincy and his brother frequently spent time with their grandmother in Louisville, OH. In 1943, their father, Quincy Sr separated from his wife Sarah and moved together with his boys to Sinclair Heights, WA where they met their stepmother Elvera.


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Albums


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Compilations

Video

Mixtapes
Miscellaneous
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