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14 March 2016

Miles Davis

The magic of jazz and kitchen is in its metamorphosis and its ability to fuse styles.

If we think in Jazz, we think in Miles Davis, one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the last 50 years, together with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker or John Coltrane. His trumpet delight us one of the most personal and intimate sounds that remember the jazz world’s, specially his modal aspect.

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This metal genius, grow up in east Saint-Louis collecting jazz records. He don’t like to achieve his father’s bills, that was dentist. He wasn’t good at numbers. But well for numbers. And he discovers it in a early age when his parents give them his first trumpet, and starts to receive music classes.
His first musical success was produced at 1944 when, after graduate, he can plays with the Billy Eckstine band, that was in a city tour and was part Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, that was the makers of the new style Bebop.

In February 1957, the Capitol Records label edit the twelve songs like Birth of the Cool, the new style Cool, that Davis recruit a nine musician group, among them, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, J.J
Jonhson Kenny Clark… and with an unusual wind section as well as his trumpet, a high saxo, a baritone saxo, a trombone, a french horn and a tuba, with Gil Evans arrangement, in the two weeks that the group plays in Septembre 1948 at Royal Roast, New York.

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The same year Davis come back to Paris, where improvised music for “Louis Malle l’Ascensour pour l’Echafond” movie, starred by Jeanne Moreau, and it made here get a nomination for the Grammy in 1960 for best jazz performance.

After that he creates Miles Davis Sextet, and starts to experiment with the modal style, based in improvisation in scales before the chord changes. It becomes her new recording studio that will revolutionize the jazz world, becoming a landmark of modern jazz and the most popular of his career with a higher sales than two million copies, Kind of Blue.
When they come into the recording studio didn’t see it like the born of a classic. Beside Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Wynton Kelly (piano in Freddie freeloader), Paul Chambers (double bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums) and Cannoball Adderley (high saxo). Davis demands the musics that no practice before, according to pianist Bill Evans. Davis just give them the scale lines and melodies. “Play this like it floats”.

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It’s said that Miles Davis change the jazz styles four or five times, but without any doubt will be remind by offer the the first combination between jazz and rock, what he baptism line fusion. His album Bitches Brew, in 1969, is a clear example.

The creation of all this styles confirms that Davis lead each jazz innovation, and in his formation files a variety of musicians that have write the jazz history, besides of mentioned; Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Dave Holland, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Keith
Jarrett, George Benson, Bill Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Carles Benavent…,

Miles, prince of darkness, with an introverted personality, mysterious, shy. His obsession for innovation, perfection and the incessant experimentation for new styles, makes him unique. “If I can’t put something mine in this music, I prefers to die” says in an interview.

In our kitchens the fusion is present in each detail, to satisfy all requirements - classic, modern, contemporary and in general all kinds of kitchens. The fusion between wood, steel and glass - are some examples. To can make a cult to the classic without lose a point of view in avant-garde and functionality.

The differences are visibles in our contemporary and classic kitchens line. But all of them have a common elements: spectacularity and quality in each corner. To enjoy fine cuisine, with a good dish and the best jazz accompaniment, that transport us to a moment in our life that we thought forgotten.
our life we thought forgotten … enshrine flavored smoke wisps with the piano notes and the double bass riff that sounds in “So What”, all suspended in the kitchen air. At half light if it’s prefered, appears the trumpet haze and the saxo with the almost silent patter of drum plates… the dinner is served. Miles Davis has it clear and in this way he order “Play it like it floats”.

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This small reflection can explain our way to understand the kitchen proposal, also our desire about all this inventions come as soon as possible to aromatize even more each on of our designs.


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