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Miles Davis (1926-1991)


Among her biggest influences, Norah Jones cites Miles Davis. The American composer and trumpeter is considered a major figure in modern jazz. 

To discover Miles Davis

The name of visionary trumpeter Miles Davis is associated with an entire era in the history of jazz – cool jazz, be-bop, modal jazz, hard bop, jazz rock and more. Famous for his inventiveness, his sense of musical ellipsis and the dusky sounds of his trumpet, he transcended genres.

Miles Davis grew up in St. Louis and got his start with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie before forming a series of iconic quintets, first with tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and later with pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Tony Williams and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. He always surrounded himself with exceptional musicians and extraordinary performers, like Billie Holiday. The constellation of talents that made up Miles Davis’s galaxy included several that are essential influences on Norah Jones.

Jones has said that, while recording her album Day Breaks, she had been listening in particular to the trumpeter’s work on his album In A Silent Way, which “would have been [her] dream to record.” On this record, the trumpeter introduced a new musical style: jazz fusion (also known as jazz rock).

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