Listen to the exclusive premiere of the the Miles Davis Quintet’s “Gingerbread Boy” at NPR. The performance — recorded at Newport on July 2, 1967 — shows the band “pushing at every boundary it could find. … As the band launches into its solos, it only grows hungrier and more aggressive. The blues form begins to fracture at the edges of bar lines, the harmonies grow more tense and unresolved, and Tony Williams drives like a man possessed, swerving for whatever accent or displacement he felt necessary, safety be damned. Everyone pauses to catch their collective breath between solos. Then everyone starts playing chicken anew, daring each other to get ever weirder.”

Listen to “Gingerbread Boy” and read more at NPR.

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