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2.11.09

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

The Guardian explores the legacy of a jazz style
Miles Davis circa 1950. Photograph: Francis Wolff/Corbis

From The Guardian website's 50 great moments in jazz:
Miles Davis, a dentist's son from St Louis, came to New York in 1944 to study music, but dropped out of college when he met Charlie "Bird" Parker. Like most jazz-obsessed kids his age, Davis fell under Parker's spell, becoming entranced by the revolutionary musician, who seemed like an unpredictable force of nature who broke all the rules. Davis followed Parker everywhere: he roomed with him, learned from him, discovered heroin with him, and eventually replaced Dizzy Gillespie in Parker's band. But Davis was too free-spirited to be a slave to anybody, even Bird. [Read More]