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Miles Dewey Davis

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Davis, Miles Dewey (1926–91), U.S. jazz musician, one of the pioneers of “bebop” in the 1940s and of “cool” jazz, with its restrained, clear sounds, in the 1950s. A renowned trumpeter, Davis played with many outstanding musicians, including Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. In the late 1960s he produced a new sound, based on a fusion of jazz and rock, and after a period of retirement, he reemerged in the 1980s as one of the major innovators in U.S. music.

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