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Miles and Beyond
Miles and Beyond -
“Don’t play what's there, play what's not there.” Miles Davis
Miles Davis was a revolutionary. At a White House dinner in 1987, he was asked what he'd done to deserve to be there. He replied, "Well, I've changed music five or six times." This was not an idle boast and he fully intended to say ‘music’ – not ‘jazz’.
In his seminal album ‘Kind of Blue’, he kept the backgrounds to the songs simple. The soloists (Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans) played a melody and then improvised over a structure of simple, repeated chord changes. Davis had been introduced to “modal” classical composers like Bartók and Ravel and applied their compositional techniques to popular music. It made his music accessible -
In Miles and Beyond, we explore how his approach to music – leaving space instead of trying to play as many notes as possible – has continued to influence so many musicians since. And just as Miles broke down barriers, we include music from many genres and much that defies classification at all.
This programme is best served late at night with the lights down, the phone turned off and with a glass of something nice.
If you enjoy what you hear, and you are aware of a piece of music that might belong in a playlist of a future episode, then please contact us via the 'Miles and Beyond' Facebook page or via Twitter. And let us know which tracks you enjoyed most as that will influence us in our future track selections.
Our show has already attracted positive comments from listeners and, after only 3 episodes, is already followed on Facebook and Twitter by musicians including Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy), Avi Kishna (Imperceptible Art), Clelia Felix and Emily Saunders.
“Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.” Miles Davis
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