Miles Davis - Discography

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In this page is proposed a synoptic of the work of the great band leader and trumpet player Miles Davis. The discography has been organized following the group organizations Davis has adopted during the years. Only the main works, commonly available, are listed. Another page contains a complete discography of the great American musician. A short profile and a synthetic discography are included in this page (in Italian).
The best analysis of the music of Miles Davis was probably written by Ian Carr in his book "Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography". Album covers can be viewed here and here.
[Richard Avedon's images of Davis, here and below, for the album Tutu (1986)]

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Miles Davis

 

Year

Title

Group

M/S

Notes

1948

Birth of the Cool

Nonet

M

(1)

1954

Bags' Groove

Sextet with Sonny Rollins

M

(2)

1954

Walkin'

Sextet 1

M

(3)

1954

Blue & Boogie

Sextet 1

M

 

1955

The New Miles Davis Quintet

Quintet 1

M

(4)

1955

Miles and Coltrane

Quintet 1

M

 

1956

Relaxin' with the MD Quintet

Quintet 1

M

 

1956

Workin'

Quintet 1

M

 

1956

Steamin'

Quintet 1

M

 

1956

Cookin'

Quintet 1

M

 

1956

Round Midnight

Quintet 1

M

 

1956

Music for Brass

Brass Orchestra

S

(4B) Gunther Schuller

1957

Miles Ahead

Gil Evans + orchestra 19 elements

M

  

1957

L'ascensour pour l'Echefaud

Frenc band

M

Soundtrack of Louis Malle movie

1958

Milestones

Quintet 1 + Cannonball Adderley

S

 

1958

On Green Dolphin Street

Quintet 1 + Bill Evans

S

 

1958

Porgy & Bess

Orchestra + "Cannonball" Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (double bass), Jimmy Cobb (tenor sax)

S

Arrangements and conduction: Gil Evans

1958

Miles and Monk at Newport

With Thelonious Monk

S

 

1959

Kind of Blue

Quintet 1B + Bill Evans and James Cobb , drums, instead of Philly Jo Jones

S

 

1960

Sketches of Spain

Orchestra + Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones

S

Arrangements and conduction: Gil Evans

1961

Someday my Prince Will Come

Quintet 1B + Hank Mobley (sax)

S

 

1961

Black Hawk Concerts

Quintet 1B

S

Live

1961

M.D. at Carnegie Hall

Orchestra

S

Live

1962

Quiet Nights

Gil Evans + orchestra

S

 

1963

Seven Steps to Heaven

G. Coleman, V. Feldman, H. Hancock, R. Carter, T.Williams, F.Butjer

S

 

1963

M.D. in Europe

European

S

Live Festival at Antibes

1964

Four & More

G. Coleman, H. Hancock, R. Carter, T.Williams

S

Live. Phil. Hall (ritmico). Standards.

1964

My Funny Valentine

G. Coleman, H. Hancock, R. Carter, T.Williams

S

Live. Phil. Hall (lirico). Ballads.

1964

Miles in Tokyo

Sam Rivers, H. Hancock, R. Carter, T.Williams

S

Live

1964

Miles in Berlin

Quintet 2 (6)

S

Live. First collaboration with Wayne Shorter.

1965

E.S.P.

Quintet 2

S

 

1965

Live at Plugged Nickel

Quintet 2

S

5 LP

1966

Miles Smiles

Quintet 2

S

 

1967

Sorcerer

Quintet 2

S

 

1967

Nefertiti

Quintet 2

S

 

1968

Miles in the Sky

Quintet 2 + John McLaughlin e altri

S

  

1967

Water Babies

Quintet 2 + Corea / Holland

S

Issued 1976

1968

Filles de Kilimanjaro

Quintet 2

S

 

1969

In a Silent Way

Electric Band 1

S

(7)

1969

Bitches Brew

Quintet 2 + Zawinul, JML

S

 

1970

Live-Evil

With  Keith Jarrett

S

 

1970

Black Beauty

Quintet 2

S

Live Fillmore West

1970

Live at Fillmore West

Quintet 2

S

 

1970

Tribute to Jack Johnson

Quintet 2

S

Movie soundtrack

1970

Cellar Door Session

Electric Band 2

S

(8) 6 CD. Issued 2006. Recorded december 1970

1972

On the Corner

Band not declared

S

Funky

1972

Miles Davis in Concert

Al Foster, Mtume, Badal Roy e altri (also in On The Corner)

S

Funky

1972

Big Fun

Several electric bands

S

Anthology. Alternate takes and outtakes 1969-1972

1972

Get Up With It

Several electric bands

S

2 LP, 2 CD - Recordings from 1970 to 1972

1974

Dark Magus

Electric Band 3

S

(8B) Live at Carnegie Hall.

1975

Agartha

Electric Band 3 + Sonny Fortune

S

Live Japan. Concert  p.m.

1975

Pangaea

Electric Band 3 + Sonny Fortune

S

Live Japan. Concert at night

1979

Circle in the Round

Varie formazioni, in maggioranza acustiche

S

Anthology - Recordings from 19550 to 1972

1981

The Man With the Horn

Barry Finnerty (gt. el.), Felton Crews (b), Marcus Miller (b), Al Foster (batt.), Vincent Wilburn (d.) Sammy Figueroa (perc.), Bill Evans (sax)

S

First album after six years

1981

We Want Miles

Mike Stern (gt. el.), Marcus Miller (b), Al Foster (batt.), Mino Cinelu (perc.), Bill Evans (sax)

S

New phase

1981

Directions

Several acoustic bands

S

Anthology. Unedited 1960 - 1970

1983

Star People

Electric Band 4

S

(9)

1984

DeCoy

Electric Band 4 with some variation

S

 

1984

Aura

Electric Band 4 + Robert Irving III (synt. and keyboards)

S

2 LP

1984

You're Under Arrest

Bob Berg (soprano sax), Al Foster (d.)
Robert Irving III (keyb), Darryl Jones (b), John Scofield (gt.)

S

 

1986

Tutu

Several musicians and Marcus Miller (10)

S

Dedicated to bishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa).

1986

Time After Ttime

With George Duke and David Sanborn (11)

S

Live at Montreaux festival

1987

Music From Siesta

Davis, Marcus Miller

S

Miller plays all the other instruments. Soundtrack

1988

Ballads

Several band composition

M/S

Anthology '56-'66-'84

1989

Amandla

Electrical band 5 + guests: Marcus Miller, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Joey DeFrancesco, Rick Margitza,  Joe Sample

S

(12) Last album with a regular band

1991

Doo-Bop

Producer Easy Moo Bee, samples and several contributions

S

Last studio album. Posthumous

1991

Live at Montreaux

With Quincy Jones, Orchestra of Benny Bailey, with Grady Tate, Carlos Benavent, Kenny Garrrett, Wallace Rooney (trumpet) and others

S

Issued with con Quincy Jones (1993)

1996

Live Around the World

Electric Band (several band composition). Rick Margitza tenor sax in "Amandla"

S

(12) Anthology. Recordings 1988 - 1991

Miles Davis with Jeanne Moreau  during the recordings of the soundtrack of the Louis Malle film "L'ascensour pour l'Echefaud"

Lineups

(1)

Nonet

Kay Winding, J.J. Johnson, Mike Zwerin (trombone), Junior Collins, Sandy Siegelstein (french fhorn), Bill Barber (tuba), Lee Konitz (alto sax ), Gerry Mulligan (baritono sax), Al Haig, John Lewis (piano), Joe Shulman, Nelson Boyd, Al McKibbon (double bass), Max Roach, Kenny Clarke (drums), Kenny Hagood (voice).

(2)

Sextet

Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (double bass), Kenny Clarke (drums)

(3)

Sextet

Lucky Thompson (tenor sax), Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (double bass), Kenny Clarke (drums) (+ Jay Jay Johnson, trombone)

(4)

Quintet 1

John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)  

(4B)

Orchestra

Wind orchestra, brass only, conducted by the musician Gunther Schuller over John Lewis. arrangements.

(5)

Quintet 1B

John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)    

(6)

Quintet 2

Wayne Shorter (sax), Herbie Hancock (pf.), Ron Carter (double bass), Tony Williams (drums)

(7)

Electric band 1

Herbie Hancock (piano elettrico), Chick Corea (piano el.), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Dave Holland (double bass acustico), Josez Zawinul (keyboards and el. piano e) John McLaughlin (guitar), Tony Williams (drums)

(8)

Electric band 2

Gary Bartz (alto and soprano sax), Keith Jarrett (keyboards), Michael Henderson (electric bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Airto Moreira (percussions)

(8B)

Electric band 3

Al Foster (drums), Michael Henderson (b), James Mtume (perc), and Pete Cosey, Reggie Lucas (ch. el.) David Liebman (sax), Azar Lawrence (sax), Dominique Gaumont (el. guitar rock).

(9)

Electric band 4

Bill Evans (tenor sax e soprano), John Scofield (electric guitar), Mike Stern (electric guitar), Marcus Miller (bass), Tom Barney (bass), Al Foster (drums), Mino Cinelu (percussions)
During his "electical" period Miles Davis experimented many variation of his band, even within the same album.

(10)

Tutu

Marcus Miller (bass  in "Backyard Ritual"  and other instruments), other musicians: Adam Holzman (synthesizer in "Splatch"), George Duke (other instruments apart percussions, bass and trumpet in "Backyard Ritual"), Michal Urbaniak (electric violin in "Don't Lose Your Mind"), Bernard Wright (added synthesizers in "Tomaas" and "Don't Lose Your Mind"), Jason Miles (synthesizers programmtion), Jabali Billy Hart (drums, bongo), Paulinho da Costa (percussions in  "Tutu", "Portia", "Splatch", Backyard Ritual"), Steve Reid (added percussions in "Splatch"), Omar Hakim (percussions and drums in "Tomaas")

(11)

Live a Montreaux

Bob Berg (sax), Robben Ford (electric guitar), Robert Irving III, Adam Holzman (keyboards), Felton Crews (bass), Vince Willburn, Jr (drums), Steve Thornton (percussions), George Duke (keyboards first two track), David Sanborn (altro sax, tracks 6,7,8)

(12)

Electric band 4

Kenny Garrett (sax, flute), Bob Berg (sax), Key Akagi (keyboards), Foley (lead bass), Richard Patterson (bass), Ricky Wellman (drums) (Some variations in different concerts)

For the albums above listed it's indicated the recording date, in case it is known and it's the same for the whole album, instead of the issue date. For the anthologies the issue dates are reported.

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