Remembering Miles Davis


While Miles Davis may be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, his spirit and inspiration live on lustily and powerfully in the massive catalog he left behind. Few artists will ever leave as large or enduring a footprint on their craft as Davis. When he passed away on September 28, 1991 it was a blow to music. Even if past the ferocious, even ridiculous creative heights he'd shown from the 1940s through the mid-70s, there was still great wit and sonic curiosity about the man right up until the end. JamBase didn't want to let the day pass without pausing to spare a thought or three for one of the few musicians truly worthy of the title of "genius." We miss you Miles but breathe in your exuberant, sometimes prickly blasts of life with each note you left behind.

Our remembrance begins with "So What" performed in 1964 on The Steve Allen Show with one of his most famous ensembles.

Miles gets thick 'n' freaky in an electric vein on "Inamorata" in 1971 with Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz and Mtume.

The master burns hot on this section of "Bitches Brew" from 1969. Nice headband, Chick!

Gil Evans offers some observations about Davis' impact on his instrument followed by the recording session for "Blues for Pablo."

Here's the first part of an interview Davis did with 60 Minutes in 1990 that's packed full of his personality, directness and smarts.

We conclude with one of Davis' final TV appearances in 1990 on David Sanborn's tremendous Sunday Night program, where the man's ceaseless imagination and breathtaking soloing remained firmly intact.

[Published on: 9/28/08]

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djalford Sun 9/28/2008 07:29AM
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Here's a podcast from last week with the opening suite from Paris 11/6/67 with the great quintet:

Deadphishbiscuits Sun 9/28/2008 08:58AM
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they certainly dont make them like this any more, truly missed, but while it lasted hard to say if any one "blows their own horn" like the late great Mr.Miles Davis

BRabbit Sun 9/28/2008 09:26AM
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thanks jambase

gratefullybred starstarstarstarstar Sun 9/28/2008 10:49AM
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a little miles a day will keep the bad music away...

thanks for the beautiful music, personality, and teachings brother..

OBPhunkE Sun 9/28/2008 04:51PM
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futhepharmer Sun 9/28/2008 05:17PM
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^miles to go before you find a brain

elBerto Sun 9/28/2008 11:39PM
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"If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis"... just needed to get that out of the way, Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew are stellar.

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I like doo bop, its funky and wacky.

also the "complete on the corner sessions" is THE most balls out nutsy crazyness he ever did. six cds of madness. total freekout.

breadloaf starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 07:47AM
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Seeing Miles Davis play at Carnegie Hall remains truly one of the greatest highlights of my musical life. I feel honored to have experienced it. His legacy is simply so massive- I mean, from jamming with Bird to actualy covering a Michael Jackson pop tune- and reinventing it in the process; no end to the talent pool. Read his autobiography.

And OBPhunky, do you what Karma is? I cannot imagine what would possess you, other than raw juvenile delinquincy or not enough attention from Mommy, to actually take the time to write that. Seriously, shame on you.

OBPhunkE Mon 9/29/2008 08:45AM
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WHHHEWW! thought I'd add a little humor on this site considering the berating that goes on during almost every thread. Whoops guess i'll reconsider next time. keep up the hostility jambase

TheGreenKynd starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 09:11AM
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one of the coolest men ever to live, rest in peace Miles

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 09:31AM
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Word up to miles... bitches brew, on the corner, and live evil are all unreal fusion albums. john mclaughlin can really tear it up on guitar on most of miles' fusion era records. if anyone likes the sound of all that fusion and you havent already, check out the Mahavishnu Orchestra!

gratefullybred Mon 9/29/2008 10:13AM
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gotta be showing a little bit more respect to a player/innovator of this caliber. especially someone who had such a huge impact on music as it is today..

lovemusicfood starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 10:19AM
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Greatest musician ever!

breadloaf Mon 9/29/2008 11:58AM
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Hey OBPhunky, my apology- there are so many snot-nosed little kids that post utter nonsense here that I took you for just another one- and your post could easily pass as hostile itself, by the way. Anyway, sorry.

When it comes to Miles and Jerry, I get a bit defensive. They've earned that right, I figure.

SkiBumK27 starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 01:31PM
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Pharoh's Dance anyone?

irtimed starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 02:20PM
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"I can play the blues and I haven't suffered, and I don't intend to suffer"

-Miles Davis

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/29/2008 02:22PM
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When Miles opened for the Dead in 70, Jerry refused to go out after them because he didnt think they could follow their awesomeness. Nuff said..

gmoo Tue 9/30/2008 07:08PM
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He was joking, FUTHEFARMER. Don't be a dick.

JibmastaJ starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/30/2008 07:13PM
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glad to see some (more)love for miles. love bitches brew but my two all time favorite miles records are files de Kilimanjaro and in a silent way. absolutely brilliant shit goin on with those two

breadloaf starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/2/2008 07:08AM
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Way too many to list- from the early stuff to Kind of Blue and Birth of The Cool, through the Gil Evans collaborations like Sketches of Spain, all the way to Tutu, gems everywhere. I recently turned a young trumpet player on to Tribute To Jack Johnson and he was blown away. Miles really knew how to harness the energy of the up and coming musicians. I recall an interview with Stevie Ray Vaughan in which he mentions that there were conversations about a potential pairing- can you imagine what would have come of that?

snausages Sat 2/14/2009 02:17PM
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he will be missed. Bitches Brew is just...yeah - there is no word to describe it. :)