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Miles Davis: 15 Essential Albums

Highlights from the jazz great’s discography – ‘Kind of Blue,’ ‘Bitches Brew’ and beyond

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Read our list of 15 essential Miles Davis albums, from 'Kind of Blue' to 'Bitches Brew' and beyond.

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"I've changed the course of music five or six times," Miles Davis once quipped. The trumpeter wasn't wrong: His willingness to dive headfirst into new styles made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, a figure who transcended not just jazz but music itself. Chart Miles' bold evolutions with our concise guide to 15 classic LPs.

15 essential Miles Davis Albums

‘Aura’

This self-conscious but satisfying reworking of Davis' early-Seventies sound by Danish big-band composer-arranger Palle Mikkelborg used Davis as featured soloist. At its best, the album suggested Davis–Gil Evans projects that never took place. (Recorded 1984)

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