Milestones (instrumental composition)

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"Milestones"
Composition by Miles Davis
from the album Milestones
Released September 2, 1958
Recorded February 4, 1958
Genre Jazz
Length 5:45
Label Columbia
Composer(s) Miles Davis
Producer(s) George Avakian
Milestones track listing
  1. "Dr. Jackle"
  2. "Sid's Ahead"
  3. "Two Bass Hit"
  4. "Milestones"
  5. "Billy Boy"
  6. "Straight, No Chaser"

"Milestones" is a jazz composition written by Miles Davis. It appears on the album of the same name in 1958. It has since become a jazz standard. "Milestones" is the first example of Miles composing in a modal style and experimentation in this piece led to the writing of "So What" from the 1959 album Kind of Blue. The song's modes consist of G Dorian for 16 bars, A Aeolian for another 16 bars, and then back to G Dorian for the last eight bars, then the progression repeats.

Originally titled "Miles" on the initial album pressings, people soon began referring to the piece as "Milestones" rather than "Miles." On later editions of the album the title was changed.

The musicians who performed on "Milestones" are:

Only Cannonball, Miles, and Coltrane solo.

"Milestones" is also the title of another composition credited to Miles Davis that John Lewis had written for him while playing with Charlie Parker. Musically it is not related to the more famous tune and should not be confused with each other.