Chapter Overview

Miles Davis is a central figure in the 1950s, drawing together different trends in cool jazz and hard bop. His career traveled from bebop and cool jazz into the harrowing world of heroin addiction, and his return in 1954 sparked the shift to hard bop. Davis's quintet in the 1950s is the model for a successful post-bebop small group, with his trumpet's carefully pitched, restrained tone dramatically juxtaposed against the garrulous, harmonically based idiom of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. Davis's interactions with Gil Evans are also further explored. The chapter traces the formation of modal jazz in the late 1950s, considering the music of Bill Evans, who, as Davis's pianist, provoked the harmonic language of Davis's masterpiece, Kind of Blue.

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