The magic of jazz and cuisine lies in its metamorphosis and its ability to fuse styles.
If we think of jazz, we think of Miles Davis, one of the most innovative and influential figures of the last 50 years, along with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker or John Coltrane. His trumpet gave away one of the most personal and intimate sounds remembered in the world of jazz, especially in its modal aspect.
This metal genius grew up east of Saint-Louis with a penchant for collecting jazz records. He didn’t like to file the bills of his father, who was a dentist. He wasn’t good for numbers. But it was for notes. And he discovered it at a very young age when his parents gave him his first trumpet, and he began to take music lessons.
His first musical success came in 1944 when, after graduating, he was able to play with Billy Eckstine’s band, which was touring the city and which included among its musicians Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, architects of the emerging Bebop style.
In February 1957, the label Capitol Records released the twelve tracks as Birth of the Cool, the new Cool style, which Davis recruited a group of nine musicians including Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, J., and Dizzy Gillespie.J Jonhson Kenny Clark, … and with an unusual wind section in addition to his trumpet, a alto saxophone, a baritone saxophone, a trombone, a French horn and a tuba, with arrangements by Gil Evans, in the two weeks the group played in September 1948 at the Royal Roast in New York.
That same year Davis returned to Paris where he improvised the music for Louis Malle’s film L’Ascensour pour l’Echafoud, starring Jeanne Moreau, and earned him a Grammy nomination in 1960 for best jazz performance.
He then creates Miles Davis Sextet, and begins experimenting with modal style, basing his improvisations on scales rather than chord changes. Thus comes his new studio recording that will revolutionize the world of jazz, becoming a milestone of modern jazz and the most popular of his career with sales in excess of two million copies, Kind of Blue. When they entered the recording studio they did not see this as the birth of a classic. Along with Davis (trumpet) John Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Wynton Kelly (Freddie freeloader piano), Paul Chambers (double bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums) and Cannoball Adderley (alto sax). Davis asked the musicians not to rehearse, according to pianist Bill Evans. Davis only gave them sketches of the scale lines and melodies.
It is said that Miles Davis, changed the styles of jazz four times five times, but no doubt, will be remembered for offering the first combination of jazz and rock, which was baptized as fusion. His 1969 album Bitches Brew is a clear example.
The creation of all these styles confirms that Davis led every jazz innovation, and in his formations paraded a variety of musicians who have written historical pages in the world of jazz, apart from those mentioned; Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Dave Holland, John McLaughlin, Chick Korea, Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, George Benson, Bill Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Carles Benavent, etc.
Miles, prince of darkness, with his introverted, mysterious, shy character. His obsession with innovation, perfection, incessant experimentation with new styles. It makes him unique. If I can’t put something of mine in this music, it’s better to die,” he said during an interview.
In our kitchens fusion is present in every little detail, to satisfy all kinds of demands -classical, modern, contemporary- and in general to all kinds of kitchens. The fusion between design and ergonomics, the combination of materials – as different as wood, steel or glass – are some examples. To be able to worship the classic without losing sight of the avant-garde and functionality.
The differences are visible in our line of contemporary and classic kitchens. But they all have two elements in common: their spectacularity and quality in every corner, no matter how small. In order to enjoy a good kitchen, with a good dish and the best jazz accompaniment, which transports us to a moment in our lives that we thought had been forgotten, … the smoke set the strands scented with piano notes and the double bass riff that sounded in So What, all suspended in the air of the kitchen. At half-light if you prefer, the mists of the trumpet and the saxophone appear with the almost mute banging of the drum plates, … dinner was served.
Miles Davis was clear and ordered, “Play this as if it floated”.
This small reflection could explain our way of understanding the approach of a kitchen and also our desire that all those inventions arrive as soon as possible to aromatize even more each one of our designs.