By 1967, when this intimate portrait of Miles Davis was captured by Columbia Records VP of Creative Services Bob Cato, the trumpeter was in another golden era, working with his "second great quintet," a lineup which included Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Herbie Hancock (keyboards), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums). Cato had worked as the photographer on E.S.P., the quintet's first studio album for Columbia Records, in 1965.

In this special triptych sequence, Miles Davis takes five and grabs a smoke at the mythic 30th Street Studio between takes for "Kind Of Blue." Don Hunstein's photograph catches Miles first in mid-inhale, then, the next two photographs capture the musical jazz master working out one of the legendary songs from this historic session, the musical zen master ringed by white light suspended in a temple of sound.

From May 6 - May 27, 1957, Miles Davis booked a series of sessions at Columbia's 30th Street Studio to work on "Miles Ahead," the first of his collaborations with arranger/composer Gil Evans, who wove together the album's ten individual pieces into a continuous jazz suite. "Miles Ahead" marked a turning point in American jazz. Don Hunstein's shot of Miles captures both the intensity and flow of the music. For more information, check out

Composer and arranger Maria Schneider was deeply influenced by Gil Evans work with Miles Davis. Listen to this podcast via

The consummate artistry of Miles Davis and the scope of his musical vision at Columbia Records is paid the ultimate tribute on THE GENIUS OF MILES DAVIS. For the first time, this new collection brings together the eight deluxe multi-CD box sets that were known as The Miles Davis Series.

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In 1959, trumpeter/band leader/composer Miles Davis assembled a sextet of legendary players, Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano) (Wynton Kelly plays piano on "Freddie Freeloader") to create "Kind of Blue," a sublime atmospheric masterpiece which continues to transport listeners a half century since its release.

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This coming Sunday, July 18th, marks the 50th anniversary of the Columbia Records release of "Sketches Of Spain," one of the highlights of Miles Davis' career and modern jazz in general. On this classic record, his first after "Kind Of Blue," Miles and producer/arranger Gil Evans crafted a beautiful and passionate evocation of the music and traditions of Spain. The album's cover is also a true classic: it features the first appearance of the silhouette logo which would become the ultimate trademark of the artist.

Trumpeter and music educator Mike Metheny shares his first memories of Miles and provides deep insight into the jazz legend’s improvisational genius.

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Miles playing New York City's Plaza Hotel in 1958 with his fabled sextet -- John Coltrane (tenor sax), Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto sax), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums). The concert was recorded unbeknownst to the musicians and Miles' "Jazz At The Plaza" performance would later be released as a live album in 1973 and then again on CD in the early 1990s. For more information, check out

Check out this GREAT video blog entry on the "We Want Miles" exhibit in Montreal, including a few words from Davis' son Erin and his nephew Vince Wilburn!


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