A Weekly Round-Up Of Miles Davis News & Notes
1. Miles Davis and Edith Piaf Take Center Stage
U.S. Postal Service and France’s La Poste to Honor Renowned Musicians on Forever Stamps in June. The United States Postal Service today announced the joint issuance of new Forever stamps honoring two of the world’s greatest musicians, Edith Piaf and Miles Davis. The stamps will be issued with the French postal service, La Poste in June. [mdo]
2. The Roots Of Lionize: From Miles Davis To Led Zeppelin
Kind of Blue, Miles Davis: “This is one of the records we’ve listened to most as a group in the van. Most importantly this record pioneered a lot of what we do harmonically. The first track “So What” has a harmonic structure that simply rests on one mode, the same as many Lionize songs such as “D.C. Is Tropical”, and “No Exit”. In fact almost any funk tune from James Brown to The Meters and even Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters group rely on the same basic principles of modal harmony first explored on this record.
Of all the groups that have influenced our band, I’d be shocked if this record was not in the majority of their top ten records. It is also important to note that this might be the best personnel to ever appear together on one record. Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane, tenor sax. Cannonball Adderly, alto sax, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb on bass and drums.” [Houston Press]
3. Miles Davis and Gil Evans Perform “Concierto de Aranjuez (adagio)”
The idea that sparked the project was the sounds and feel of Spanish folk music and culture. Davis had explored these types of textures with his “Flemenco Sketches”. Yet in working with an established piece, Davis was faced with a new challenge. He would need some expertise to pull it off, possibly outside of his own skill set as a jazz player. [The Delete Bin]
4. ‘Summertime,’ Rendered 25,000 Ways
Joe Nocera writes: “Like most people, I came to “Porgy and Bess” through some of the many popular recordings of its famous songs. Indeed, I received several e-mails questioning my sanity for writing about the opera without mentioning two of the most famous recordings: the Ella Fitzgerald-Louis Armstrong version, and the equally sublime Miles Davis recording.” [ny times]
5. What can Duke Ellington and Miles Davis teach entrepreneurs?
Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Art Blakey are widely recognised as three of the greatest jazz band leaders of the 20th century. But did you ever consider they might be role models for entrepreneurs? In fact, each one of them has lessons to offer on how to inspire creativity and innovation within an established structure, according to Deniz Ucbasaran, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Warwick Business School. [The Guardian]
6. White Space, Miles Davis and Responsive Web Design
My appreciation for white space deepened further as I began listening to Miles Davis, whose musical talents and tastes attracted me to jazz. Davis was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, but he also was a master of communication. Unlike many virtuous beboppers including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie who squeezed out as much notes as they could in their solos, Davis left plenty of space in his phrasing to allow listeners to absorb his thoughts.
In his classic Kind of Blue, Davis played only the most meaningful notes in his solos and yet the notes he didn’t play were as important as the notes he played. [visualgui]