Australian Left Review

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Profile: Miles Davis


Michael Conaty


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.”