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Music: An Introduction (WAOL): Miles Davis (Jazz)
Resources for students enrolled in Wayne Smith's WAOL class
The first part of this documentary discusses the Gil Evans collaboration with Miles Davis that benefited them both.
Sketches of Spain.
NPR Commentaryby A. B. Spellman and Murray Horwitz
Birth of the Cool.
Jazz became Gunther Schuller's new obsession. In the late '40s and early '50s, French horn players were rare in jazz ensembles, and that helped him get in with some greats — including Miles Davis. The trumpeter invited Schuller to record on the sessions that became the classic album The Birth of the Cool.
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1964, Miles Davis led a band through one of the most exciting gigs to ever take place at New York's Philharmonic Hall. The show was a cultural event: a benefit for voter registration in Louisiana and Mississippi at the high point of the the civil rights movement, and an unofficial homage to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated a few months before. And the recording of the evening would turn into not one, but two live albums: the ballad-based My Funny Valentine and the more frenetic Four & More.
Gil Evans / Miles Davis collaborations (Guest lecturer: Steve Lajoie) Technical music lecture discusses musicality of the collaborations including Porgy & Bess but you must search elsewhere to hear the music.
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