Album honors jazz icon

A successful jazz musician needs to have an extraordinary amount of talent. An outstanding jazz musician needs to have the talent but also needs to play with a remarkable amount of passion and flair.

Miles Davis had something more than just talent, passion and flair – something that made the encapsulating screams of that trumpet legendary.

Members of previous Davis ensembles gathered at Birdland in New York City to pay homage to the jazz great on what would have been his 72nd birthday – May 26, 1998. The tribute album, Endless Miles: A Tribute to Miles Davis, captures the skills of these musicians and offers a glimpse into Davis’ musical life.

On Endless Miles , the music industry acknowledges and praises Davis for his contributions to the jazz genre. The release of the album also marks the opening of an official Miles Davis Web site.

The CD displays an array of emotions only jazz musicians can encompass in their music. The listener feels absolute solace during the entire CD, but the album never lulls the listener into boredom. Instead, it traps the listener in the rapture and passion of the music.

Although it features only eight tracks, the album provides sheer bliss for 70 minutes. The musicians play each song with finesse and emotion, forcing the listener to appreciate every song. The songs flow and work together, feeding off each other to create a remarkable album that plunges into the depths of jazz.

The album exposes listeners to Davis’ love of music, challenging them to immerse themselves in the music and get lost in it. While nothing truly can pay Davis the respect he deserves, Endless Miles captures the essence of the great man of jazz.

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