Davis, Miles

1926 —

Davis, Miles (1926-1991) from his earliest performances, showed a very personal approach to jazz. When others were concerned with virtuoso passages, Davis would tend towards a more introspective and sophisticated lyricism. He incorporated the pause, silence, and space as part of his means of expression. Davis performed as an eighteen year old with Charlie Parker, but in 1955 it was a quintet with saxophonist John Coltrane that brought him recognition and popularity.