A jazz maverick and creative force in music 40+ years.
"To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-1940s to the early 1990s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the music during that period, including pioneering the cool jazz sound of the late 1940s, modal jazz during the late 1950s, and jazz-rock fusion styles in the late 1960s."
Robert P. Vande Kappelle, "Blue Notes: Profiles of Jazz Personalities"
In 1944, shortly after his high school graduation, Miles had the opportunity to sit in with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra and play with Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He played with the band for two weeks, and, after that, his future was set.
Keyboardist, bandleader, and jazz innovator.
His motto was "There are no wrong notes on the piano."
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Black music finely crafted and packaged for the masses.
The sound of young America masterminded by Berry Gordy.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.