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Miles Davis : death of  a legend...   Miles Davis ,the most influential artist in the history of jazz, leaves the stage for the last time. 

In July 8, Miles appears for the last time at Montreux jazz festival with his orchestra under the direction of Quincy Jones, and played a tribute to Gil Evans. Two days later in Paris he played a reunion gig with former sidemen Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland. He died two month later in California. He was 65 years old.
Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music.
For nearly four decades, Miles Davis has embodied all that is cool – in his music , in his art, fashion, romance, and in his international presence
Davis never settled into one style; every few years he created a new lineup and format for his groups. Each phase brought denunciations from critics; each, except for the most recent one, has set off repercussions throughout modern jazz. "I have to change," he once said. "It's like a curse."
Davis was also known for a volatile personality and arrogant public pronouncements, and for a stage presence that could be charismatic or aloof. For a while, he turned his back on audiences as he played and walked offstage when he was not soloing. Yet his music was deeply collaborative. He spurred his sidemen to find their own musical voices and was inspired by them in turn.

Miles Davis at Montreux 1991 - DVD -

- In October, the first Akbank Festival is held in Istanbul

- In July, Keith Jarrett  gave one of his increasingly rare solo concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

- In June, Stan Getz dies at the age 64. Getz has been described “one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists". He is best known for popularizing bossa nova, as in the worldwide hit single "The Girl from Ipanema" in 1964

- Lionel Hampton aged 82, recorded live with his Golden Men at The Blue Note Club in New York . Hampton, one of the first jazz vibraphone players, ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones.

- David Sanborn recorded Another Hand with  a distinguished line up including Bill Frisel, Charlie Haden, Marcus Miller and Jack DeJohnette 

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