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Miles Davis 1926-1991

David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 12 October 1991

JAZZ TRUMPETER Miles Davis, who died last week in Santa Monica, was a 20th century genius on a par with Picasso in that he was responsible for not one but two major innovations in his field. Picasso was the originator of both cubism and collage, Miles Davis was responsible for cool jazz (The Birth Of The Cool) and, on Bitches' Brew, a mode of jazz fusion which even now is still crying out for development.

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