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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.

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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!

Photo Credit: Don Hunstein (photographer)

Miles Davis
Photo Credit: Don Hunstein (photographer)

Miles in a candid moment with Billie Holiday and mythic jazz-blues singer Jimmy Rushing at a Columbia Records party at the Persian Room at New York's Plaza Hotel on September 9, 1958. More details available at

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This past weekend, legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck was awarded the Miles Davis award, handed out anually at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Brubeck was the second second recipient of the award this year with Saxophonist Sonny Rollins receiving the honor ;ast week.

Brubeck is credited with moving jazz west to California in the 1940s with his distinctive style. His 1959 album, "Time Out" is considered a jazz classic.

Miles captured deep in thought in June 1969 during the launching of his "electric" period with the groundbreaking "In A Silent Way", considered by many to be the opening salvo in the jazz-fusion revolution. More information available at