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  1. Introduction
  2. Miles Davis - About the musician
  3. Hurdles and challenges
  4. Success stories
  5. Come back in 1981
  6. Conclusion

Miles Davis is an American jazz composer and a trumpet player. He was born in Illinois in 1926 and died in California in 1991. Miles devoted himself to music throughout his life. He was and still is, even if dead, a key character in Jazz music. He has played all forms of Jazz, has created some of them, and is a model for all Jazz aspirants. What is outstanding is that Miles Davis has always been at the top of Jazz music, from 1944 to 1991. During his long career, Miles has played with all the key Jazz figures of this period. Miles belonged to many different music styles; jazz, bebop, cool jazz, jazz modal and jazz fusion. His bands (from the jazz to the jazz fusion) have been a springboard for many other music players, such as Kenny Garrett or John Coltrane. I will try to describe the life and the music of Miles Davis, from 1926 to 1991. In the first section of this document, I will examine the biography of Miles, his beginning, from his birth to 1955. Then, I will focus on the years 1955-1964, from the end of the bebop style to his first quintet. In the third section, I will examine the period 1964-1975, which includes the very important second quintet, and the transition from Jazz to electric Jazz (this is the Electrical revolution). To conclude, I will deal with his last ten years, from 1981 to 1991, and his come-back after a hiatus of six years.

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