I might have to add ‘brought to you by Slate’ to this title of this feature seeing as I keep finding Miles Davis related content from the online magazine. But that’s a good thing. The more Miles the better.
It’s 2006 and takes a look at Davis’ legacy as he enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This is a really good article; that it spotlights My Funny Valentine to detail the ‘romantic Miles,’ musically-speaking, is even better because I am very fond of that song and that part of Miles’ musical style.
Miles Davis, Romantic Hero
The command of the poetic emotion made Miles Davis the greatest player of romantic songs to emerge since World War II and the innovations of Charlie Parker. By the mid-’50s, he had come into his first period of maturity and developed a style in which his lyricism was so revealing that it brought unexpected pleasure to his listeners. Davis’ improvisation testified to his willingness to share the facts of very introspective feelings. And none of what he did seemed easy.
As My Funny Valentine shows, great difficulty was audible in every musical gesture: The notes had points on them; they were slurred and bent suggestively or painfully; a tone could disappear into a sigh or begin as a pitchless whisper and tellingly work its way up into a note. This delicacy could ascend through sudden moans to yelps or descend to dark growls devoid of vibrato that were nearly embarrassing in their exposure.
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