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Jeff Simon’s 10 favorite Miles Davis records

My 10 favorite Miles Davis albums, in random order.

1) “Jazz Track”: For the longest time, it was unavailable on CD. On one side is one of the greatest film scores ever created, on the other some of the greatest music of Miles Davis’ sextet, arguably the greatest all-star group in modern jazz.

2) “Kind of Blue”: The universal jazz album.

3) “Porgy and Bess”: Everything he did with Gil Evans was wonderful.

4) “Sketches of Spain”: The most shocking surprise in his entire career.

5) “Bitches Brew”: The second most shocking surprise in his entire career.

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6) “Miles Smiles”: Miles goes virtually piano-less when Herbie Hancock refuses to play chords.

7) “In a Silent Way”: Electric and haunting at the same time.

8) “Cookin’”, “Relaxin’”, “Steamin”,’ “Workin’”: Virtually one record, the three marathon 1956 classic quintet sessions that ended his contract with Prestige.

9) “E.S.P.”: The first time Miles showed how seriously he was listening to the next jazz generation – and partnering with it.

10) “Aura”: His last truly great record.

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