Miles Davis: Band Leader

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Miles was one of the most influential trumpet players and band leaders. He was a musician who could hardly be categorized. He kept changing his style throughout his career and revolutionized music. Miles Davis was born in Alton, Illinois on May 26, 1926. One year later his family moved to East St Louis. When Miles was 12 or 13 he started playing trumpet. He soon started to take it very seriously and distinguished himself from other players his age. Around 1938 he went to Camp Vanderventer and immediately got a job as a trumpet player. Miles recalls: “ I remember how proud I was for him (the camp manager) to ask me, picking me out from everyone.” Miles says that Elwood Buchanan was his first great teacher, whom he…show more content…
The horns play on the first beat a G minor 1st inversion triad shifting to an F minor first inversion triad on the third beat, while the bass jumps in on the second beat with a little 8th note pick up and plays from the tonic (Bb) an ascending Bb seventh chord in quarter notes, omits the thirds and lands on the seventh at the 4th beat. Right there the rhythm is very gospel influenced and the harmony. We have the melody accenting one and three and the bass two and four. In gospel music it is a common device to separate two and four and one and three. In the harmony we have a minor triad on the 6th and 5th degree, also a harmonic device used a lot in gospel music. On the 9th bar Miles plays the major seventh, Cannonball the 4th,Coltrane doubles Miles an octave lower and the rhythm section plays a dominant chord on the 5th. This voicing is then three times transposed and they end up playing on the eleventh bar the same voicing with the flat six on top, which means the rhythm section is playing a dominant chord on the flat seventh, which then resolves back to one after two bars and which is a substitution of a very gospel like chord change, 4 minor to
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