In a converted church on 30th Street in Manhattan, seven musicians gathered on a spring day in 1959. Never before had they come together under these circumstances; in fact, some had never even met. When they arrived, each received sketches that could have fit on a napkin. Yet Miles Davis had just handed each of them the makings of jazz history . With this gesture, and these slips of paper (conceived just hours before the recording), Davis allowed a new generation of musicians to collaborate as never before. And we're still listening to (and purchasing) the result of this…
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