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He enjoyed a personal apotheosis injust my funny valentine alto sax graduating from high school, when he saw and was allowed to sit in with Billy Eckstine's big band, which was playing in St.

The band featured trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Charlie Parker, the architects of the emerging bebop style of jazz, which was characterized by fast, inventive soloing and dynamic rhythm variations.

It is striking that Davis fell so completely under Gillespie and Parker's spell, since his own slower and less flashy style never really compared to theirs.


But bebop was the new sound of the day, and the young trumpeter was bound to follow it. Shortly after his arrival in Manhattan, he was playing in clubs with Parker, and by he had abandoned his academic studies my funny valentine alto sax a full-time career as a jazz musician, initially joining Benny Carter's my funny valentine alto sax and making his first recordings as a sideman.

He played with Eckstine in and was a member of Parker's group inmaking his recording debut as a leader on a session that featured Parker, pianist John Lewis, bassist Nelson Boyd, and drummer Max Roach.

This was an isolated date, however, and Davis spent most of his time playing and recording behind Parker. But in the summer ofhe organized a nine-piece band with an unusual horn section. In addition to himself, it featured an alto saxophone, a baritone saxophone, a trombone, a French horn, and a tuba.

Earning a contract with Capitol Records, the band went into the studio in January for the first of three sessions and produced my funny valentine alto sax tracks that attracted little attention at first.

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Johnson, and Kenny Clarke, and it had a profound influence on the development of the cool jazz style on the West Coast.

Davis, meanwhile, had moved on to co-leading a band with pianist Tadd Dameron inand the group took him out of the country for an appearance my funny valentine alto sax the Paris Jazz Festival in May.

But the trumpeter's progress was impeded by an addiction to heroin that plagued him in the early '50s. His performances and recordings became more haphazard, but in January he began a long series of my funny valentine alto sax for the Prestige label that became his main recording outlet for the next several years.

He managed to kick his habit by the middle of the decade, and he made a strong impression playing "'Round Midnight" at the Newport Jazz Festival in Julymy funny valentine alto sax performance that led major-label Columbia to sign him. The prestigious contract allowed him to put together a permanent band, and he organized a quintet featuring saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, who began recording his Columbia debut, 'Round About Midnight, in October.

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As it happened, however, he had a remaining five albums on his Prestige contract, and over the next year he was forced to alternate his Columbia sessions with sessions for Prestige to fulfill this previous commitment. Released inthe album was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, intended to honor recordings made my funny valentine alto sax the Grammy Awards were instituted in In DecemberDavis returned to Paris, where he improvised the background music for the film L'Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud.

Back in the sextet, Davis began to experiment with modal playing, basing his my funny valentine alto sax on scales rather than chord changes.

This led to his next band recording, Kind of Blue, in March and Aprilan album that became a landmark in modern jazz and the most popular album of Davis' career, eventually selling over two million copies, a phenomenal success for a jazz record.


In sessions held in November and MarchDavis again followed his pattern of alternating band releases and collaborations with Gil Evans, recording Sketches of Spain, containing traditional Spanish my funny valentine alto sax and original compositions in that style.

By the time Davis returned to the studio to make his next band album in MarchAdderley had departed, Wynton Kelly had replaced Bill Evans at the piano, and John Coltrane had left to begin his successful solo career, being replaced by saxophonist Hank Mobley following the brief tenure of Sonny Stitt.

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The following month, Davis recorded another live show, as he and his band were joined by an my funny valentine alto sax led by Gil Evans at Carnegie Hall in May.

Davis and Evans teamed up again in for what became their final collaboration, Quiet Nights. Quiet Nights was preceded into the marketplace by Davis' next band effort, Seven Steps to Heaven, recorded in the spring of with an entirely new lineup consisting of saxophonist George Coleman, pianist Victor Feldman, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Frank Butler.

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