Miles Davis was either born on May 26, 1926, or May 25, 1925, there are conflicting reports. The fact is he was born. And sometime no later than his early teens he realized that his calling was music. And our calling is to remember him on his birthday or when we think is his birthday. Miles was not the greatest trumpeter, composer, arranger, or bandleader, but he was the most fearless of all of those things: Never looking back, never treading the same path twice.

You can listen to a Miles Davis track multiple times and there’s something different every time. Or you can listen to a single decade of Miles, and not hear the same track twice. The 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Everybody has their favorite track, album, year, or decade. But that track may only be your favorite until you hear another track or another version of that tune with a different band.

So our mission on the Night Beat Thursday, May 26 at 8 pm, is to celebrate Miles’s birthday the best way we know how: one track at a time. We might hear Milestones, Godchild, Footprints, Agitation Sanctuary Rocker, Teo, Saeta, Duran, Joshua, or maybe even tunes with longer titles.

As he said, “I’ll play it and tell you what it is later.”

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