The Sorcerer of Jazz by Adam Shatz | The New York Review of Books

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Miles Davis at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, 1986

In 1975, Miles Davis put down his trumpet and retired. Davis was famous for his dramatic silences in performance: the notes he chose not to play were almost as meaningful as those he did. But this silence would last for nearly five years, during which he all but disappeared into his Upper West Side brownstone.

Source: The Sorcerer of Jazz by Adam Shatz | The New York Review of Books

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