Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down [Live]

The jazz tradition is one of craft. Before dreams of leading an ensemble come to fruition, instrumental skill must be honed as a dependable band member, along with relentless touring and recording.

Miles Davis was one of the genre’s greatest incubators of talent, with his bands shaping the sound of the likes of John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland, giving voice to these musicians before they became formidable leaders in their own right.

Following in this lineage, Davis’s namesake Miles Mosley is part of a new breed of jazz musicians who exemplifies the notion of craft.

Having played bass for a litany of artists who span pop, hip-hop and R&B as well as jazz — Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Jeff Beck, Chris Cornell, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, to name a few — he released his debut solo album Uprising in January.

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[This piece was published on 06/07/17]