Some time in the late 1940s, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, the two most influential jazz musicians of the last 50 years, were travelling together in a taxi on New York's 52nd Street. The great alto* saxophonist Parker had just shot up on heroin and a white woman was giving Parker a blow job while he consumed fried chicken and swigged whiskey. Parker saw Davis looking askance and asked, "Is this bothering you. Miles?" The teenage trumpeter replied. "Yes, it's bothering me.”
Recommended CitationConaty, Michael, Profile: Miles Davis, Australian Left Review, 1(134), 1991, 3.