His story is one of tension and release, of high times and hard luck…but most of all, the story of Miles Davis is that of a consummate artist.
Arguably the most recognizable name in Jazz, Miles Davis created some of the most beloved (and critically controversial) records of all time. A constant innovator, Miles made music on his own terms, often leaving his audiences and peers to play catch-up. To this day, scholars find new parallels for the paths he forged – his “directions in music.”
As a bandleader, Miles ear for talent was unsurpassed. Throughout the 50s and 60s, seemingly everyone who played under him rose to high stature in the jazz world. His unusual management style allowed his players the freedom that the music demanded, developing new opportunities for them to shine on recordings and on the bandstand.
From his modal explorations of the 50s and 60s, to his beginnings in be-bop, through third-stream and freaked-out electric fusion – it’s a good idea to leave 89.1 FM on all week, because Miles Davis is in the spotlight!See Past Artist Spotlights