Poster Miles Davis
Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis sits with his instrument during a studio recording session in 1959.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Rhapsody in Black

Miles Davis reinvented the jazz scene

Rhapsody in Black - Miles Davis
DOWNLOAD

Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis redefined the genre in subtle and caustic ways. While he had great success he was always restless for innovation. After studying extensively at Julliard before his fame, he searched for material that would rescue him from the club circuit. After entering jazz through be-bop, Miles transitioned to cool jazz and fusion while creating a style that has yet to be reproduced.

Musical arrangements from Miles Davis

“Blue In Green”

This chart is the third tune on the legendary Kind of Blue. One of two ballads, the melody is very modal, incorporating the presence of the Dorian, Mixolydian, and Lydian modes. Coming from Davis’ shift away from be-bop, this type of jazz tends to be the sound that is often associated with Davis.

“Bitches Brew”

This is the title track of one of the most pioneering and influential Jazz albums ever. It pioneered the application of the studio as a musical instrument, featuring stacks of edits and studio effects that were an integral part of the music. It was innovative with its approach to rhythm by having two bassists (one playing bass guitar, the other double bass), two to three drummers, two to three electric piano players and a percussionist play simultaneously.

Credits

Host: Vernon Neal

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Additional music selections: Jeffrey Yelverton

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher

Love the music?

Donate by phone
1-800-562-8440

Show your support by making a gift to YourClassical.

Each day, we’re here for you with thoughtful streams that set the tone for your day – not to mention the stories and programs that inspire you to new discovery and help you explore the music you love.

YourClassical is available for free, because we are listener-supported public media. Take a moment to make your gift today.

More Ways to Give

Your Donation

$5/month
$10/month
$15/month
$20/month
$

Latest Rhapsody in Black Episodes

VIEW ALL EPISODES

Latest Rhapsody in Black Episodes

VIEW ALL EPISODES

About Rhapsody in Black

Where we turn up the voices of Black artists in the world of classical music, with host Vernon Neal.

Subscribe to the podcast:  Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon MusicTuneInRSS Feed

About Rhapsody in Black