History of Jazz Timeline: 1989
Columbia finally releases Miles Davis's Aura, originally recorded in 1985 with a
big band consisting primarily of Danes. Aura was composed by Palle Mikkelborg
as a tribute to Davis, in honor of the trumpeter winning the 1984 Leonie Sonning Music Prize.
Miles Davis's Miles: The Autobiography, written with the help of Quincy Troupe, is
Saxophonist, flutist and percussionist Anthony Braxton sees several releases, including
Seven Compositions (Trio) (HatArt) with Adelhard Roidinger on
bass and Tony Oxley on drums; a tribute to Warne Marsh called Eight (+3) Tristano
Compositions (HatArt); and the large group Eugene (1989) (Black Saint).
The British label Acid Jazz is recording groups with names like the Brand New Heavies who play Jazz with a driving dance beat.
Courtney Pine records The Vision's Tale on Antilles with Ellis Marsalis on piano,
Delbert Felix on bass and Jeff Watts on drums.
Intuition releases N.Y.C. by fusion band Steps Ahead, led by Mike Mainieri.
Claude Barthelemy becomes director of the French Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ).
Trumpeter Woody Shaw dies on May 10.
Warner releases Quincy Jones' Back on the Block with a number of big names in
American music, including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald.
A&M releases Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach's Max & Dizzy: Paris 1989.
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