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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.


"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

‘Star People’

This recording of brisk jazz rock is among the more convincing of Davis' later works. With John Scofield by his side, Davis gets off some chilling blues. (Recorded 1982)

15 essential Miles Davis Albums


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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