Four (composition)

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"Four"
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Composition by Miles Davis
from the album Blue Haze
Released 1954
Recorded March 15 and April 3, 1954
Genre Jazz
Length 4:03[1]
Label Prestige
Composer(s) Miles Davis
Producer(s) Bob Weinstock, Ira Gitler
Blue Haze track listing

8

  1. I'll Remember April
  2. Four
  3. Old Devil Moon
  4. Smooch
  5. Blue Haze
  6. When Lights are Low
  7. Tune Up
  8. Miles Ahead

"Four" is a 1954 jazz standard. It was first recorded in 1954 by Miles Davis and released in 1956 on his album Blue Haze.[2] The song composition officially credits Miles Davis as the writer. There is some controversy that the real author may be another jazz musician.

Controversy about authorship[edit]

The American jazz saxophonist Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson has claimed ownership for the song,[3] although it was originally credited to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.[4]

Form[edit]

Four begins with an ascending major second, the composition is a 32 bar ABAC form.[5]

Renditions[edit]

The following artists have covered this composition.

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross use Davis's solo on their 1958 album "The Swingers" which caused some conflict between Hendricks and Davis. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Blue Haze - Miles Davis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Aebersold, Jamey (1995). Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long - Volume 65 - Four and More. Jamey Aebersold Jazz Inc. pp. ii. ISBN 1-56224-209-1. 
  3. ^ https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/jazz-standards/four/
  4. ^ Koster, Rick. Texas Music, St. Martin's Press, page 319, (2000) - ISBN 0-312-25425-3
  5. ^ Levine, Mark (1995). The Jazz theory Book. Sher Music Co. p. 388. 
  6. ^ amg
  7. ^ Levine, Mark (1995). The Jazz theory Book. Sher Music Co. p. 114. 
  8. ^ http://www.wnyc.org/story/277054-jon-hendricks/