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Monday Is Memorial Day…But Saturday is MILES DAVIS DAY; Happy Birthday to a Legend

Tomorrow is a super special day.

Yes, it’s the start of a sunny, fun-filled Memorial Day (3-day) weekend for many of us. But for a music nerd such as myself, May 26 is all about Miles Davis.

On May 26, 1926, the incomparable Miles Davis was born. Hailed by many as the greatest jazz musician of all time, and arguably among the most important artists, in any discipline, of the 20th century, Miles Davis defines genius.Words fail to capture this man’s brilliance.

There are more classic tracks and albums than can be listed here without boring the pants off of you, so we’ll leave that for another day. But if you’ve yet to dive into this man’s thrillingly inventive, endlessly creative, incomparably expansive and ambitious body of work, do yourself a favor this holiday weekend and pick up a copy of Kind of Blue.

Or Bitches Brew. Or Sketches of Spain. Or In A Silent Way. Or Birth of the Cool. Or Miles Smiles. Or Filles de Kilimanjaro. Or Milestones. Or Nefertiti. Or A Tribute to Jack Johnson.

It’s all essential, folks.

From AllMusic Guide:

“To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-’40s to the early ’90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the music during that period, and he often led the way in those changes, both with his own performances and recordings and by choosing sidemen and collaborators who forged new directions. It can even be argued that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn’t there to push it forward.”

Word.

What’s your favorite Miles Davis album?

Sound off below!