Comparative Analysis : The Great Miles Davis

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Comparative Analysis

Throughout Jazz history there has never been an artist that it has changed the sound of jazz several times. He challenged himself and encouraged others to go on diverse paths to create sounds and rhythmic patterns. This distinct musical innovator that influenced jazz beyond its limits is the great Miles Davis. Davis was born on May 25, 1926, in Alton, Illinois. But, he grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois. His father was dental surgeon, therefore they never had any financial need or any challenge that could disturb Davis’ life. During his childhood he received music lesson and by the age of thirteen he got his first trumpet. One of the most significant teacher he had was a trumpeter Elwood Buchanon*.
At the age of 16 he get married, since he is already playing with bands in the town. In 1944 Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie arrived in East St. Louis; Davis played with them for a very short period of time. However, this short experience inspired him to go to New York with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie leaving his wife in East St. Louis. In New York, he went to school for one semester in Julliard School of Music in Manhattan for the reason that he searched for Charlie Parker. Therefore, Davis early music career was influenced by Parker. Davis worked with big bands of Charlie Parker, Billy Eckstine, and Benny Carter, around New York and the West Coast; for about four years. In 1948 he fronted his own bands where he recorded The Complete Birth of the…

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