It difficult to express the importance of this trumpeter’s/ composer’s influence to the world of jazz. Miles Davis’s career spanned over 5-decades and saw him introduce many major stylistic developments. He was born in Illinois, but much like a lot of other jazz greats didn’t find his footing within the world until he moved to New York in the 1940’s where he started performing with Charlie Parker.
In 1959 and now with Columbia Records, Davis recorded what is widely regarded as his most triumphant album Kind of Blue with his then working sextet. The album has gone to become the highest selling jazz album of all time, going quadruple platinum. It was further honoured by the house of representatives in December 2009 when they voted 409 – 0 in favour of naming the album as a national treasure.