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Miles Davis: You’re Under Arrest (CBS)

Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 June 1985

THIS YEAR, Miles Davis is 59 years old. However, if it’s round numbers that appeal to you, it’s worth mentioning that 1985 marks the 40th anniversary of Miles’ first recording session with Charlie Parker for Savoy Records in New York. For 30 of those 40 years, he has been one of the most unique and prominent voices in contemporary music: like Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, he has been a true American original, a man equally difficult to copy and to ignore. His sound and tone – his voice on the instrument — have remained utterly unmistakable, his music continually evolving and unpredictable.

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