Miles Davis’ adoption of jazz/rock fusion in the late 1960s was his most controversial period. He helped invent the genre, but to this day, music critics are still divided as to whether or not the style benefitted him.
I have a review of Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, over at the Weekly Standard’s Website. It’s a new DVD that looks back at this period, which culminated in Miles and his sidemen going from intimate supper clubs to playing for 500,000 hippies at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in England.
For an earlier look at Miles’ adventures in fusion, click here.