Miles Davis – 1948 & 1949

charlie-parker-miles-davis-nyc-1947-wiliam-gottlieb-photo-9By late 1947 trumpet player Miles Davis was ready to leave the Charlie Parker Quintet and strike out on his own. His playing had improved immensely and he was no longer in the shadow of Dizzy Gillespie and Fats Navarro. Miles was looking for an altogether different approach to modern jazz that utilized more space, color, and texture balanced with modern arrangements.

Miles Davis 1948-1949 - Episode 1

The recordings from this period are probably the least listened to, but are incredibly rich and poignant. His group from this period, often referred to as the Nonet or Roost Band, was groundbreaking in many respects---Miles surrounded himself with creative and forward thinking musicians. The recordings on this podcast are all live air checks from the Royal Roost Jazz Club in New York. These recordings pre-date the Birth of the Cool recordings made for Capitol Records in 1949 and 1950.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Be BopDizzy Gillespie All-Stars1945
AnthropologyFats Navarro/Tadd Dameron1947
Budo (Hallucinations)Miles Davis NonetLive Roost Sessions1948
Move #1Miles Davis NonetLive Roost Sessions1948
Move #2Miles Davis NonetLive Roost Sessions1948
Half NelsonMiles Davis QuintetLive Roost Sessions1948
52nd Street ThemeMiles Davis QuintetLive Roost Sessions1948

Miles Davis 1948-1949 - Episode 2

By 1949 Miles’ trumpet playing had reached new heights. His abilities could be compared to those of the other famous bop trumpeters like Howie McGee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Fats Navarro. In addition to leading the famous Nonet, Miles spent quite a bit of time collaborating with pianist, composer, and arranger Tadd Dameron in 1949. Miles travelled to Paris in May 1949 with Tadd and played brilliantly on the live recordings from the Salle Pleyel. These are Miles’ finest recordings in the bop style. After their return from Paris both Tadd and Miles were disillusioned about the lack of respect for jazz in the states after the overwhelming reception they had received in Europe.
Composition ArtistAlbumYear 
Wah HooMiles Davis & Tadd DameronQuintet in Paris1949
Overtime (long version)Miles Daviswith the Metronome All-Stars1949
FocusMiles Davis with Tadd Dameron's Big Ten1949
Webb’s DelightMiles Davis with Tadd Dameron's Big Ten1949
Good BaitMiles Davis & Tadd DameronQuintet in Paris1949
Don’t Blame MeMiles Davis & Tadd DameronQuintet in Paris1949
All the Things You AreMiles Davis & Tadd DameronQuintet in Paris1949
OrnithologyMiles Davis & Tadd DameronQuintet in Paris1949