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The Original Interpretations By Miles Davis


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As recounted by Charles Colin, he was first introduced to Miles Davis in the mid 50’s by Charlie Parker. This incredible story by Charles Colin’s  son Allan is really incredible:

“Pop had already published Charlie Parker’s, ”Yardbird Originals” under our other publishing company, ”New Sounds in Modem Music”. Miles had been away for a period and, now that he was back on the scene, Parker thought it would be worthwhile for Miles to meet his new publisher, with the hope of working out a similar arrangement. Parker brought Miles to the office, then on 48th Street to meet Pop. Pop was very happy to give it a go, whereupon he gave Miles a trumpet, a mouthpiece and tape recorder and asked him to lay down solos over some standard tunes.

The original transcriptions which were done by Hank Edmonds, were given the ‘cool’ knick-names, Miles Away, Miles Cools Off, etc. rather than the names of the actual standards. So, here we are decades later, and have decided to ask renowned arranger, David Berger, to identify the tunes and clarify some of the chord changes -for posterity!”

This is the only book I know of where Miles wrote the tunes specifically for publication and not recording. How cool is that!?

Songs included

  1. Blues in F
  2. Four
  3. Solar
  4. Get Happy
  5. Perdido
  6. Half Nelson

Grab your horn and play those samples, you will be hooked in no time!

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