Monday, March 13, 2006

Damn the Man

Maybe Baron Violent can help me with this one. Tonight, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Although I am much less versed in jazz history than the Baron is, as I understand it, Miles' biggest contributions to music were in jazz. His ablum Birth of the Cool was revolutionary and Kind of Blue is widely regarded as the best jazz album of all time. His later albums that experimented with jazz / rock fusion, like Bitches Brew for example, were influential, but I wonder which genre they impacted the most. It isn't unusual for Rock and Roll to want to claim a genius like Miles Davis for their own, but somehow it doesn't feel like it fits.