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On this day in 1991, Miles Davis passed away at the age of 65. His influence and legacy on jazz can hardly be distilled in a book, much less a few paragraphs, but over a 50-year career, Davis revolutionized jazz, upending hard bop and jazz-funk. With 1970's Bitches Brew, Davis recorded arguably the most revolutionary album in jazz history, polarizing audiences but helping to create jazz fusion.

Whether you've been a fan for decades or have only pretended to know his work to avoid embarrassment, we're here to help. Listen to the Miles Davis primer below and check out our Spotify app for more great playlists.