What I was particularly turned on by was the way Miles went beyond the surface of the music - all those obvious Spanish pictures - and went into a realm of purely abstract feeling beyond that. It has something to do with what I can only describe as emotional tone.
This has to be one of the high points of Gil Evans's career as an arranger. His sensibilities clearly just clicked with Miles's - I think it's something about Gil's sense of spatial beauty matching Miles's plaintiveness.
This is what influences me most in Miles's music: that beautiful sadness that transcends time and place. He's influenced me both as a player and as a conceptualist, musically and philosophically. I've found my own voice now but there was time when I worried that I might never be able to separate myself from him.
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