The above excerpt is from Miles Davis’s autobiography ‘Miles’.

Just before the recounting of this episode Davis, who was a consummate professional, veritable musical scholar and a composer well versed in European musical tradition and theory, describes Charles Mingus as a genius, an epithet hitherto only used for the legendary Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, the very person Mingus accuses him of abandoning and ‘selling-out’.

Earlier, Davis expresses his love and deep admiration for both Mingus and Parker, such that it becomes clear that he held both of these men in higher regard as musicians than himself and yet it is always…

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