You’ll always find me near the man with the horn...
For the 1958 TIME profile, Davis explained the birth of his playing style, beginning with a local instructor in his hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois:
In 1975, Miles Davis put down his trumpet and retired. Davis was famous for his dramatic silences in performance: the notes he chose not to play were almost as meaningful as those he did. But this silence would last for nearly five years, during which he all but disappeared into his Upper West Side brownstone.
My Terrifyingly Gracious Meeting With Miles Davis
Miles Davis, who would’ve turned 85 today, was, without dispute, a giant of late 20th century music. Wall Street Journal rock and pop critic Jim Fusilli recalls his first meeting with the jazz great.