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DownBeat  /  January 27, 1950  /  By Pat Harris

Nothing but Bop?
‘Stupid,’ Says Miles

This is DownBeat’s first interview with Miles Davis.

NEW YORK— “I don’t like to hear someone put down dixieland. Those people who say there’s no music but bop are just stupid; it just shows how much they don’t know.” This was Miles Davis speaking, and he rose to defend the universality of jazz, while decrying the much less than universal respect given the jazz musician. Miles, whose definitely modern trumpet has been heard for the last month at the Hi-Note here, is a mild, modest, quiet young man of 23, and he has a lot of respect for his elders.

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REVIEWS & SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY


“I was the engineer on the recording sessions and I also made the masters for the original LP issues of these albums. Since the advent of the CD, other people have been making the masters. Mastering is the final step in the process of creating the sound of the finished product. Now, thanks to the folks at the Concord Music Group who have given me the opportunity to remaster these albums, I can present my versions of the music using modern technology. I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger.”
—Rudy Van Gelder


Miles Davis Quintet
Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★
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Miles Davis
Bags' Groove

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters

Miles Davis Quintet
Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★★
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Miles Davis All Stars
Walkin’

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters

Miles Davis Quintet
Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★½
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Miles Davis
The Musings Of Miles

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★★
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Miles Davis Quintet
Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★★
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Miles Davis
Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★
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Miles Davis
Collectors’ Items

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★½
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Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants
Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★½
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