Miles Davis changed music forever, not just jazz. He dragged listeners into the land of “vibe”, something not really wasn’t considered before his time. He established bebop as a mainstream force with his Kind of Blue album, released on August 17, 1959, the best selling jazz record of all time. It was next level stuff, and it set him up on the mountaintop all by himself, at least during that era. If you’ve never heard anything on this record, you are living under a rock.
Miles’ life was not without incident and the polar opposite of the smooth, cool sounds that he, Gil Evans and his various collaborators created. To separate the man from his music would be a mistake, but whenever you need to escape the bullshit of daily life, we recommend that you immerse yourself in Kind of Blue, or Sketches of Spain. These albums will take you to another place, far from the rat race taking place outside your window.
You can hear Davis’ influence in NAVASA music in various spots here and there. The two best examples are “If I Ever” and the last half of “Big Number in the Sky”, both contained on our album When Angels Dream. We’ve attempted to take Miles’ essence and transmogrify it through an electronica lens.