Miles Davis's Jazz Revolution

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Miles Davis arrived on the New York jazz scene in 1944 around the same time that a jazz revolution was beginning. The style bop or bebop was a direct attack against big bands, racial in equality, and restrictive sound of the current style of jazz of the time. Davis contributed a major role in the revolution not as a founding father but as a large portion of the change itself working with people such as Charlie Parker and Cannon Ball Coleman. He learned the intricate language of bebop by imitation, by playing with others who had experience in the style and learned from them. His work with Parker quintet augmented his skills that consisted of melodic lines and rhythms which he played at immense speeds. Miles Davis trumpet solos…show more content…
Eventually Davis secured them a contract with capitol records that would be very important in their lives. The group recorded between 1949-1950 for the eventual album released in 1954 called the birth of cool, which launched the cool sound of jazz and carved the path for the sound entirely of the 1950s. In an interesting section from the album Boplicity there can be seen a transition from bop to cool. It was suggested that while the tempo had been slowed down there were still characteristics of bop such as the light style drumming, the bass keeping the beat and the trademark unison playing at the begriming of the piece. Though having been the father of cool Davis was one of the first to turn away from it in the recording of 1954 Walkin a twelve-bar blues whose straight Hearst funkiness bloomed compared to the sales of the cool. The style was known as hard bop and it came around when cool was being considered white man’s music and was embraced as the return to soul through many means especially gospel

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