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MILES DAVIS PAR DANY GIGNOUX

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Miles Davis

«Jazz is an Uncle Tom word. They should stop using that word… just music, man.»

Miles Davis.

Miles Davis, Lyon

1983 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 650.–

Miles Davis, A musical CHAMELEON.

Text by Lucas Sabbatini
Photographs by Dany Gignoux

Both a musical chameleon constantly on the lookout for new sounds and an inflexible personality who always demanded the respect (and the fees!) that were his due, Miles Davis (1926-1991) accompanied - and often anticipated - the evolution of black American music for almost half a century. In his final years, he became something more than just a star: a true myth.

Miles Davis

1987 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 620.–

Miles Davis

1987 circa – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 2650.–

Miles Davis, Budapest

1989 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 720.–

The more he seemed to play only for himself, the more his aura grew. The influence of Miles Davis on the music of his time is inversely proportional to the parsimony of his trumpet playing. From 1944 until his death, Miles participated, successively and sometimes simultaneously, in all the revolutions of the blue note: pioneer of bebop alongside Charlie Parker, inventor of cool jazz (Birth of the Cool), genius of film music (Lift to the Scaffold), great master of hard-bop at the head of his various quintets, hero of orchestral jazz thanks to Gil Evans' arrangements (Sketches of Spain), forerunner of electronic music (In A Silent Way), precursor of jazz-rock (Bitches Brew), wizard of jazz-funk (Dark Magus), and finally, at the end of his career, icon of a universal fusion between jazz and its pop or even hip-hop derivatives!

Miles Davis

1987 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 690.–

Miles Davis, Paris

1991 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 2650.–

Miles Davis, Paris

1991 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 630.–

Miles Davis & Herbie Hancock, Paris

1991 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 490.–

Herbie Hancock & Joe Zawinul, Paris

1991 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 440.–

Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea & Bill Evans, Paris

1991 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 370.–

Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Paris

1991 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 590.–

From 1984 onwards, the trumpeter plays every year (except 1987) at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was there, in July 1991, at the instigation of Quincy Jones, that Miles returns to his past for the first and only time in his career, playing excerpts from the famous arrangements that Gil Evans had written for him over 30 years earlier.

Miles Davis, Montreux

1985 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 620.–

Miles Davis, Montreux

1984 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 690.–

Miles Davis, Montreux

1985 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 460.–

MILES DAVIS PAR DANY GIGNOUX

Dany Gignoux regularly photographed Miles Davis in concert between 1983 and the year of his death. She attended most of his performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and documented the various stages of his long European tours: Lyon, Lausanne, Lugano, Nice, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cologne, Graz, Budapest...

Miles Davis, Lausanne

1987 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 2330.–

Miles Davis, Lugano

1987 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 590.–

Miles Davis, Paris

1991 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 490.–

Miles Davis, Budapest

1989 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 1620.–


As a rare privilege, she accompanied Miles to France and Italy, including backstage at one of his last major concerts in Paris in July 1991. In black and white or, more rarely, in colour, Dany Gignoux's photos bear witness to Miles's undiminished flamboyance in his last decade, characterised by his flashy stage costumes.

Miles Davis

1987 circa – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 1960.–

Miles Davis, Lyon

1983 – Dany GIGNOUX

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The comparison with Dizzy Gillespie, whom Dany Gignoux has also photographed extensively, is a fascinating exercise. Dizzy blows a special trumpet with the bell raised to the sky, his cheeks full, his smile radiant; on stage, Miles stands hunched forward, trumpet pointed at the ground, as if he were playing for the spirit of the Earth.

Miles Davis, Lugano

1987 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 2240.–


When it is not hidden behind dark glasses, his stare is intense, scrutinising, almost threatening.

Miles Davis, Budapest

1989 – Dany GIGNOUX

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His impressive stage presence commands the utmost respect from his musicians, who anticipate his every wish.

Miles Davis & Foley McCreary, Montreux

1988 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 2450.–

Miles Davis & Darryl Jones

1989 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 490.–

Miles Davis & Darryl Jones, Montreux

1985 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 2250.–

If Dany Gignoux captures Miles' mythical dimension, she also reveals another aspect of his personality: his almost fraternal complicity with his musicians, through exchanges on stage or backstage dialogues. Making the myth human is not the least quality of this unique and precious body of photographs.

Miles Davis & Kei Akagi

1989 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 460.–

Miles Davis, Lausanne

1989 – Dany GIGNOUX

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Miles Davis & Kei Akagi

1989 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 460.–

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