18-312 MILES DAVIS, PART 2
Randy Greene, Tuesdays 2 - 4 pm
Sonoran Room, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11
In the first part of this course, Miles Davis’ career was traced up to his iconic album, Kind of Blue, recorded in 1959, roughly the mid-point of his career. While Kind of Blue is a unique and seminal album, Miles Davis continued to expand and explore many exciting musical ideas after this.
In this course, after a review of Miles Davis’ career up to and including Kind of Blue, participants will learn about his subsequent works. Time will be spent discussing his last and probably greatest recording with Gil Evans, Sketches of Spain as well as his collaboration with John Coltrane including the beginnings of Coltrane’s career as a leader. After that, we will examine the various quintets he leads until he assembled his second great quintet featuring tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams. This quintet played together for the better part of the 1960’s and developed and expanded his musical vocabulary. Finally, in the late 1960’s and for the rest of his career, Davis explored and developed amplified, electronic music, which pushed his music in a radical new direction.