“I have to change,” Miles Davis once said. “It’s like a curse.” And as he changed, so did American music.
For the past year, The New York Times has been asking musicians, writers and scholars to share the music they’d play for a friend to get them into jazz — one artist, instrument and subgenre at a time. Now, they’ve turned to the man known as the Prince of Darkness, who gave us the “Birth of the Cool” and never stopped redefining it: Miles Davis.
Read 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Miles Davis’ Electric Period, with picks from Flying Lotus, Cindy Blackman Santana and Terence Blanchard, among other musicians, writers and critics, at The New York Times.