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72 years ago, Miles Davis reinvented jazz with “Dig”

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Miles Davis, one of the most incredible and influential jazz musicians of all time, recorded his album “Dig” on October 5, 1951. The album was Miles Davis’ first recording session after he stepped away from the sound cool jazz he pioneered with his Birth of the Cool sessions in 1949 and 1950. Instead, he explored hard bop in the early 1950s.

“Dig” was saxophonist Jackie McLean’s jazz recording debut and one of the first recordings by Sonny Rollins (also on sax), two men who would become important voices in jazz.

The album features seven tracks, including “Dig”, “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, “Denial”, “Bluing”, “Out of the Blue”, “My Old Flame” and “Conception”. The original album was released on 12-inch LP format in 1956 with a total length of 34:45 minutes. It was later re-released as Diggin’, with a different cover.

Miles Davis’ album “Dig” is a fundamental work in the artist’s trajectory, showing his transition from cool jazz to hard bop and showing the world that Miles would never settle for his success, always seeking to innovate and reinvent himself. With Walter Bishop on piano, Tommy Potter on bass and the legendary Art Blakey on drums, it features some of the most talented musicians in jazz history and has received critical acclaim for its innovative sound. It’s a must-watch for any music fan.

The album was released by Prestige Records in January 1956 with tracks from a session at Apex Studios in New York on October 5, 1951.

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