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Miles Smiles

  
Widely considered the 20th century’s most influential jazz musician, Miles Davis was at the forefront of the development of the American jazz music tradition. As a bandleader, Davis garnered and mentored some of the most prominent musicians of the 20th century, who each went on to redefine music in their own right. “Miles Smiles” brings together an all-star cast of Miles Davis alumni to redefine yet again: his sole trumpet protégé Wallace Roney, guitarist Larry Coryell, drummer Alphonse Mouzon, saxophonist Rick Margitza and bassist Ralphe Armstrong.
  
Roney appeared with Miles at the 1991 Montreux International Jazz Festival and in 1992-93, he toured with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock in a Miles Davis tribute band. Coryell was one of the main figures in the '60s and '70s development of jazz-rock fusion as a member of the Gary Burton Quartet and his own bands such as Free Spirits and Eleventh House, which included Mouzon.
  
Mouzon is one of the most influential drummers in the fusion movement as a founding member of Weather Report. In 1990, he took part in one of Miles’ fusion oriented records, Dingo. Rick Margitza can be heard with Miles on the Live Around the World collection from 1988-90. Margitza was born into a musical family in Detroit, but has spent much of his career in New York and Paris since 1989. Ralphe Armstrong is a pioneer on the electric bass with stints in the seventies with the Mahavishnu orchestra and Jean-Luc Ponty.