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Miles Davis

(1926—1991) American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader

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Aaron Bell

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B. Samuel Aaron Bell, 24 April 1922, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 28 July 2003, New York City, New York, USA. Bell learned to play piano as a small child. In ...

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Addison Farmer

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B. 21 August 1928, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, d. 20 February 1963, New York, USA. The twin brother of Art Farmer, he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-40s and ...

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African Americans

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A citizen or resident of the United States whose ancestry can be traced to Africa. A term intended to avoid the pejorative associations of words such as “negro” and “black.” An estimated 10...

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Agharta (Miles Davis album)

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This was recorded live at Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan on 1 February 1975.Often derided or misunderstood during the time of their original release, Miles Davis’ numerous releases...

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Ahmad Jamal

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B. Fritz Jones, 2 July 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A professional pianist from before his teenage years, Jamal (who changed his name in the early 50s) managed to break through ...

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Airto Moreira

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B. 5 August 1941, Itaiópolis, Brazil. Moreira moved to Rio de Janeiro when he was 16 years old. In the 60s he played in a quartet with the pianist/flautist Hermeto ...

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Al Foster

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B. Aloysius Foster, 18 January 1944, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Given a drum kit when he was 10, Foster began playing around New York at 16, and was first recorded in ...

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Al McKibbon

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B. Alfred Benjamin McKibbon, 1 January 1919, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 29 July 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA. After playing bass in various Midwest bands in the late 30s and ...

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Albert Ayler

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B. 13 July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 25 November 1970, New York City, New York, USA. In common with many of the radical figures of the 60s avant garde ...

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Alex Haley

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(1921–),

born in Ithaca, N.Y., after service with the coast guard (1939–59), in which he was a journalist, became the aid or ghost writer of The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)....

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Amandla (Miles Davis album)

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With the release of what turned out to be his final ‘band’ album in 1989, Miles Davis had once again arrived at a new sound. And while the music on ...

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AR Kane

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This UK electronic duo proved popular in the independent UK charts of the late 80s, and with critics who saw in them a brave, unconventional approach to music. Alex Ayuli ...

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Art Blakey

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(b. 11 October 1919; d. 16 October 1990),

jazz musician. Arthur William Blakey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was raised by relatives and a family friend. His father,...

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Art Taylor

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B. 6 April 1929, New York City, New York, USA, d. 6 February 1995, New York City, New York, USA. As a teenager Taylor played drums with Sonny Rollins, Howard ...

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At Carnegie Hall (Miles Davis album)

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The familiar introduction of ‘So What’ (albeit a lot faster than the studio take) opens this concert, suddenly interrupted by a distorted shriek of top end trumpet warning the microphones...

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At Fillmore: Live At Fillmore East (Miles Davis album)

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At Fillmore: Live At Fillmore East recorded 17-20 June 1970 is the second release to document Miles’ live presentation of Bitches Brew. Broken up into four parts, it shows the...

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B Sharp Jazz Quartet

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Formed in the early 90s by Herb Graham Jnr. (drums) and Randall Willis (tenor saxophone), the group’s expressed intention was to play original compositions in a modern jazz mode but ...

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Bags' Groove (Miles Davis album)

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Bags’ Groove is essentially drawn from a June 1954 session reuniting Miles with his ‘Walkin’’ rhythm team and old cohort Sonny Rollins. In addition to two fine takes of...

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Ballads & Blues (Miles Davis album)

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Compiled from Davis’ famous Birth Of The Cool recording sessions, as well as three mid-50s Blue Note sessions and the 1958 Somethin’ Else session with Cannonball Adderley, Ballads & Blues ....

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Ballads (Miles Davis album)

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This album was assembled by drawing from three of Davis’ early 60s releases, Seven Steps To Heaven, Quiet Nights, andIn Person Friday Night At The Blackhawk Volume One. By design ...

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