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How Miles Davis electrified jazz

By Björn Heile, Reader in Music since 1900, University of Glasgow
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Thirty years after his death, the music of Miles Davis is going strong. Davis defined the sound – and sounds – of modern jazz like no other in the way he integrated the electrical instrumentation of genres like rock, funk and soul. He is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, in any genre.

One way this can be seen is just how often he is sampled by modern musicians.

For example, Davis can be heard providing the smooth,…

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