"Solar" (// or //) is a musical composition attributed to Miles Davis on the studio album Walkin' (1954), considered a modern jazz standard. The tune has been played and recorded by many musicians including his former bandmates/collaborators Lee Konitz, Bill Evans, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett or Jack DeJohnette. A controversy exists over authorship of this composition and one current consensus holds that Davis' "Solar" is essentially an earlier song, "Sonny", written by Chuck Wayne.
The first two measures of this song adorn Miles Davis' tombstone in Woodlawn Cemetery.
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- Miles Davis - Walkin'
- Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
- Pat Metheny - Question and Answer
- Brad Mehldau - Art of the Trio, Vol. 4
- McCoy Tyner - Live at Sweet Basil
- Kenny Barron - Live At Bradley's
- Stanley Clarke Trio - Jazz in the Garden
- John Scofield & John Abercrombie - Solar
- Dave Holland - Emerald Tears (ECM, 1978), double bass solo
- Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette - Tribute (ECM, 1992)
- Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Paul Motian - At the Deer Head Inn (ECM, 1994)
- Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian - Live at Birdland (ECM, 2011)
- Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck - Music for Two (Sony Classical, 2004)
- Voce, Steve. Chuck Wayne Obituary. The Independent (London), 1997 August 1 (link). Accessed 6 August 2007
- Appelbaum, Larry. "Chuck Wayne, Sonny & Solar". In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog, Library of Congress. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- Pachet, François (February 2000). "Computer Analysis of Jazz Chord Sequences: Is Solar a Blues?". Readings in Music and Artificial Intelligence.
- New Real Book Volume 1. New Real Book Volume 1. Petalnuma, CA: Sher Music Co., 1988