Hours of Miles

Because why skimp? This is a highly selective playlist of Miles’ music up through Bitches Brew, and even cutting out the bulk of his great music making, it still amounts to twelve and a half hours of listening. That is a powerful indication of how central Miles was to modern jazz. There at the beginning of be-bop, like Picasso he moved on to pioneer and master diverse styles. And always, the incredible beauty and quick and deep intelligence of his trumpet playing and soloing. Keep this aside for rainy days, and sunny ones, and nights too.

gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.