A story about Miles Davis and the nature of true genius

Maybe Kind of Blue has something very specific to teach us about the nature of true genius. It shows that there is a kind of magic to things that are made by exceptional people who are not in need of the false security that flaunting so often provides. And maybe this is the message that all jazz music tries to teach: make great things with your friends, and don’t be afraid to let them have the spotlight every once in a while. If it’s good, your recognition will come. Just ask Miles Davis.

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One Response to A story about Miles Davis and the nature of true genius

  1. I’ve been listening to this album off and on for most of my life. Your insights are all valid, but there is something that needs to be said about Miles Davis’ approach. Miles Davis famously cared little for his audience, he often turned his back to the audience or walked off stage when he had finished his solo. He once said “I’m an artist, not a performer” (paraphrase) In other words, this is quintessentially non-commercial music, it’s about self expression and honesty, this is one of the things that many of us loved about him.

    BTW, if you haven’t heard it, have a listen to “Autumn Leaves” on the “Something Else” album, this is a fine example of Miles’ understated trumpet style.

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