Miles Davis was one of the most influential and innovative musicians
of the twentieth century. Davis was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and
composer. Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development
of jazz after the Second World War. He played on some of the important
early bebop records, the first cool jazz records were recorded under
his name, he was largely responsible for the development of modal
jazz, and jazz fusion arose from Davis's bands of the late sixties and
early seventies and the musicians who worked with him. Davis was in a
line of jazz trumpeters that started with Buddy Bolden and ran through
Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Many of the major figures in postwar jazz played in one of Davis's
groups at some point in their career. Some authorities consider Davis
to have been the first person really to understand the difference
between live and recorded music.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror and his fleet of around 600
ships reached England and landed at Pevensey, Sussex.
Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the first European to
travel along the California coast, landed on what is now the U.S. city
of San Diego.
Paul Henderson scored the game-winning goal against Vladislav
Tretiak, securing a Canadian victory in the Summit Series over the
Soviet ice hockey team.
The ferry M/S Estonia sank while commuting between Tallinn, Estonia,
and Stockholm, Sweden, claiming 852 lives in one of the worst maritime
accidents in the Baltic Sea.
Wikiquote of the day:
In the season of white wild roses We two went hand in hand: But now in
the ruddy autumn Together already we stand. -- Francis Turner Palgrave